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Teaching and Research Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available on a limited basis in most graduate programs. In addition, many faculty members have research projects that provide research assistantships.

Teaching Assistants (TAs) are employed a maximum of 20 hours per week to help meet the instructional needs of the University and are paid from faculty salary funds. Appointments and reappointments as teaching assistants are subject to the availability of financial support, satisfactory academic progress, and a performance review by their academic department on a semester-by-semester basis. In consultation with an assigned supervisor, the teaching assistant will aid in the teaching of one or more courses. The teaching assistant serving as a primary instructor will work closely with an assigned faculty supervisor. To be eligible for appointment as the primary instructor of record of a course, a teaching assistant must have completed at least 18 semester credit hours of graduate course work in a field appropriate to the course.

Research Assistants (RAs) are employed a maximum of 20 hours per week to assist the research efforts of the faculty in a capacity that relates to the student’s educational goals. UT Dallas pays RAs from individual research awards or externally funded contracts or grants. Research assistant appointments and reappointments are subject to the availability of financial support, satisfactory performance in and progress toward specified research assignments, and a performance review on a semester-by-semester basis. The principal investigator or project director of the award will designate and supervise the research activities of the research assistant. Duties may include library searches, field work, laboratory experiments, and preparation of reports. The duties should provide an opportunity to acquire professional skills that complement his/her graduate department and must not be for services unrelated to the student’s educational department or be clerical in nature.

Students holding these assistantships must enroll for a minimum of nine semester hours for each regular semester in which UT Dallas awards the assistantship. The dean of each school designates the minimum semester hours for a summer session. A student on a teaching/research assistantship who enrolls in the minimum number of hours and wishes to drop a course must obtain the signature of the dean of Graduate Studies. UT Dallas will not support students on probation on an assistantship. Please make applications to the appropriate graduate program office at least 60 days prior to the date of registration.

Applicants and students who receive a UT Dallas research assistantship or teaching assistantship and are classified as non-resident/out-of-state in their admission offer letter will have non-resident/out-of-state tuition waived and will pay tuition at the resident/in-state rate. Applicants and students who are awarded a UT Dallas competitive scholarship and are classified as non-resident/out-of-state in their admission letter may receive in conjunction with the scholarship a "competitive scholarship waiver." This waiver allows a student to pay tuition at the resident/in-state rate. The state of Texas strictly limits how many competitive scholarship waivers may be offered, and the awarding of such waivers is at the sole discretion of the University.

Prior to their appointment as teaching assistants, international students must meet the English requirements described in the English Requirements for Teaching Assistants section. All TAs are required to attend TA Orientation held immediately prior to fall and spring semesters.

Applying for Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid - Applying for Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid

The mission of the Office of Financial Aid is to help remove financial barriers and assist students with the costs of attendance at The University of Texas at Dallas. The role of the Office of Financial Aid is to try to fill the gap that exists between the cost of attendance and funds available from your family, savings and other resources. Due to limited funds in some programs, we are not always able to offer enough aid to meet each student’s financial need. Alternative sources of assistance are often available.

Eligibility for Financial Aid

See Eligibility for Financial Aid page.

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

The Guaranteed Tuition Plan is designed to help new students and their families better plan for the cost of a college education, while allowing the university to maintain the quality of its academic programs. For current tuition and fees, visit the Bursar.


Most UT Dallas scholarships are awarded based on academic program, merit and achievement. The Founders Distinguished Graduate Fellowships program is an innovative four-year doctoral program designed to propel participants into leadership positions in research organizations, universities, and industry.  Additionally, you may find many other sources through third party scholarship search tools.


Educational Assistance Grant

Funds through this program are made available through a set-aside of designated tuition. Graduate students demonstrating financial need through a completed FAFSA will be considered for aid. The amount of the award will vary each year based on availability of funds. Undocumented students may complete a paper FAFSA or a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).


Hinson-Hazlewood College Student Loan Program

Texas residents who meet eligibility requirements may borrow funds to meet a portion of their school expenses. The loan carries a modest interest rate. Repayment begins six months after graduation or withdrawal from the University. Visit the College Access Loan Program Fact Sheet to learn how to apply.

Other Programs

Hazlewood Veteran Tuition Exemption

Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid. For more information, see the Veteran's Affairs page.

Federal College Work Study Program

College work study employment is available to students based on demonstrated financial need. The acceptance of employment reduces the amount of loan assistance a student will be permitted to accept in order to meet financial need to cover educational expenses.

Compensation depends on the type of job, qualifications, and classification. The number of hours and work schedule will vary depending on the position. For information on job availability, students need to contact the Career Center at (972) 883-2943.

Other On-Campus Employment

Various programs and schools employ students in positions that are not work-study positions and not based on need. In accordance with appropriate guidelines, pay scales depend on the type of job, qualifications, and classification. Normally, students can work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week. Students interested in these positions should contact the Career Center at (972) 883-2943.