The department endeavors to provide financial support to all students. At present this support normally covers the first six years of graduate study, provided the student is making satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. as determined by an annual review by the graduate committee. Occasionally, students may be admitted who receive no support or only tuition remission during their first year; they may be awarded more substantial grants in subsequent years. Except for those who plan some career other than teaching, all doctoral students, regardless of financial support, are normally expected to participate for two years in the department's program of training in teaching.
Students apply for funding from sources outside the department or university as part of their graduate training. Grants and fellowships provide expanded options for training and research, and enhance a student's chances of employment upon completing the program.