Assistantships

Most graduate students in the departments of Economics and Agricultural and Applied
Economics receive some form of financial support, subject to resource availability within the departments. Graduate students enrolled in degree programs for the M.S. thesis option, and for the Ph.D. are eligible for support by a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) or graduate research assistantship (GRA). Assistantships may be offered to any of these graduate students, except those entering on provisional status. A graduate student who does not initially receive an assistantship may qualify for assistantship support as early as the second semester of his/her program depending upon performance in the classroom.

Assistantship assignments may be for the academic year (9-months) or calendar year (12 months). Some students are supported for shorter periods on an hourly-wage basis, and all students enrolled in the graduate degree programs are eligible for hourly-wage employment.

Stipends and Tuition

As of August 2015, monthly stipends for a student on a full (one-half time) GRA or GTA in  Agricultural and Applied Economics range from $1,690 to $1,752 for master’s students and from $1,768 to $1,802 for Ph.D. students.

Academic year tuition is waived for students on assistantships. For 2015-2016, tuition and comprehensive fees per semester are $7,058 for in-state and $13,490 for out-of-state students. The comprehensive fee covers athletic events, student health service, bus fee, recreational sports, and other services. Students receiving assistantships receive a waiver of academic-year tuition but must pay tuition for summer courses. Normally, students do not register for summer courses.

Financial Aid

For further information on scholarships and financial aid, see the Graduate School Financial Aid page.

For further information on fellowships, see the Fellowship Resource Guide published by CALS. 

Click here for further information about the George Washington Carver Scholarship. 

Contact

Darrell Bosch
Graduate Program Director
308 Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
bosch@vt.edu
540-231-5265

Normand Adams 
Graduate Program Coordinator
309-B Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
nadams10@vt.edu
Phone: 540-231-0913
Fax: 540-231-7417