Thursday, June 24, 2010

Grad Student Fees Survey Results

I'm sure you've been waiting with baited breath for the results of the grad student fees survey I pestered you with for the past 10 days or so. Well here's the data so enjoy!
Some observations and questions:
  1. We clearly have a limited sample size - 13 responses is by no means a representative sample of any larger distribution, except maybe our blog readership, so we can't make too may general statements.
  2. Our distribution appears to be quite bimodal. Since I pay something like $900 per semester in student fees, it's nice to know I'm not alone. Still, I can't help but be a little bitter towards those of you that pay less than a fifth of that.
  3. Clearly not all student fees are created equal. To those of you that pay very little, is that because your school simply doesn't charge grad students fees or does your TA/RA appointment cover some or all of those fees?
  4. If your school does charge heavy student fees, does your department let prospective students know about these fees during the admissions/recruiting process?
Comments are open - let's hear what you think.


  1. I wonder too about the differences in dept. That is to say, engineering is quite the lucrative field. I don't know anyone who pays for their tuition, fees, and everyone I know gets paid either through their RA-ship or TA-ship. However, I know in social sciences and in our medical school, there is little to no financial support and grad students use student loans. Don't know the situation in physics. In what area were the responders in and is this a representation of their schools or their depts. or the industry etc.?

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