Some observations and questions:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- If your school does charge heavy student fees, does your department let prospective students know about these fees during the admissions/recruiting process?