Financial Aid Ph.D. Students Doctoral students are typically provided a fellowship or assistantship award, which includes an annual stipend, a full tuition scholarship, and single coverage health insurance while they are enrolled and making satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree. The 10-month stipend is $23,218 for the 2016-17 academic year (September 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017). Doctoral students are expected to assist with teaching duties and consulting projects in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology. Advanced students may be supported as research assistants or instructors. A traineeship in environmental health biostatistics funded by the National Institutes of Health is also available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Master's Students Most students pursuing Master’s Degrees are self funded. Federal loans to help cover the costs of graduate study are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who qualify . In addition, many alternative loans are available to graduate students though lenders like Nellie Mae and Citibank. Full information and application materials are available from the Medical Center Financial Aid Office.