Financial support for graduate students is provided through University fellowships or Departmental assistantships. Contingent on satisfactory progress, the length of guaranteed student support is four continuous years for those with no prior graduate work. Three continuous years are guaranteed for those with one year or more of prior graduate work. In either case, it is almost always the case that students remain fully funded through until their thesis defense.
Typically we start new students at a 56% appointment level, after prelims this goes up to 62.88%, and after thesis proposal this goes up to 70.48%. These numbers also depend on who is funding the student, and how much money is available. Once the guaranteed four years of funding are over, however, the department will reexamine these percentages.
In addition to financial support, we also offer our graduate students a generous medical and family leave benefit (unique across the University).