Costs and Funding

Welcome to the Graduate School's Costs and Funding webpages. Whether you are a prospective student researching graduate opportunities available at Princeton University, or a current student reviewing the resources available to fund graduate education, this site will provide you with information and direction.

We recognize that the decision to pursue graduate study requires a significant commitment of time, energy and resources.  Below is a brief summary of Princeton’s funding policy for its graduate students.  In addition, the webpages in this section provide additional information for graduate students on tuition and costs and funding sources, including fellowships, assistantships, external funding, travel grants, loans and assistance, and Federal Work Study.

Princeton guarantees funding for its regularly enrolled, degree-seeking Ph.D. candidates for all years of regular program enrollment, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance.  The defined Ph.D. program length is generally five years, with a few exceptions of four year programs.

Over a Ph.D. student’s years of regular enrollment, this funding may come from a variety of sources, which in combination provide a minimum level of annual support that includes full tuition and fees support and a base stipend amount.  This base stipend is intended to support the estimated living expenses of a single graduate student during each year of regular enrollment.

Students who need to use the educational resources outside of Princeton University and will not be in residence may apply for in absentia status.  Students who are granted in absentia status pay a marginal cost tuition rate that includes the mandatory student health plan fee.  Please refer to Funding for In Absentia Students for more information.

After their regular enrollment period ends, Ph.D. students who have not completed their degree have the opportunity to be enrolled for up to two additional years in Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status, paying a marginal cost tuition rate. Because their funding is not guaranteed, DCE students are encouraged to work with their departments to obtain a research or partial teaching appointment or to seek out and apply for external funding.  Please refer to Funding for DCE Students for more information.

The funding for master’s candidates varies by department.  In general, the Graduate School does not provide central funding for master’s candidates; however, master’s students are eligible for assistantships in research and instruction.