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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Mathematics

Admissions & Financial Aid

Admissions & Financial Aid

Financial Aid

For graduate students

Graduate teaching assistantships provide a full tuition waiver, health benefits, and a stipend of $20,000 (PhD students, 2013-14), $17,300 (MS students, 2013-14) for the nine-month year. The assistantships are renewable. These positions are merit-based and are awarded on a competitive basis.

Dean’s graduate student scholarships provide half-time tuition waiver to graduate students who are not funded by graduate teaching assistantships. The scholarship is renewable for an additional year (masters students) or two additional years (doctoral students). These positions are merit-based and are awarded on a competitive basis.

For undergraduate students

The department employs a number of work-studies. We offer a congenial and supportive work environment.

Frequently asked questions

What is work-study? Work-Study is a form of financial aid available to students deemed "in need", based on their FAFSA.

Am I eligible? If you received notification from the student Financial Services Office that you are eligible for work-study as part of your award package, you may apply to work in our department.

What kind of jobs are available in the Mathematics Department? The department hires work-studies to assist in the office and with special projects. We also hire work-studies to grade for foundations courses, calculus and some of the other undergraduate courses. Open positions are posted on the DU student employment website.

Are there jobs available if I am NOT eligible for work-study? Some. The department has a small budget to hire paper graders if positions cannot be filled by work-studies. Such positions are very limited.

Do I have to be a mathematics major to work in the department? NO. Paper graders are generally expected to have mathematical skills that include calculus, but it is not required that you major in mathematics to work in the department. We welcome all eligible students to apply.

How much money can I earn? The total amount you earn depends upon your eligibility according to your award letter and how many hours you work. The department makes every effort to coordinate your available hours with the hours needed by the department, and to schedule you so you may receive the maximum amount awarded to you while allowing sufficient t ime to dedicate to your studies.

Office assistants generally work 8 to 15 hours a week; graders generally work 9-12 hours a week. Office Assistants may earn $7.50 to $9.00 an hour; Office Specialists may earn $9.00 to $9.75 an hour (previous work experience in the Math Department is required for this position); Graders may earn $9.00 to $9.75 an hour.

Can I work evenings or weekends? Graders coordinate their schedules with the professors for whom they are grading. Grading may be done off-site.

How do I apply? Open positions are posted on the DU student employment website. Please contact Liane Beights at lbeights@du.edu to apply.

Other resources

See other sources of financial aid at DU.