Financial Support

In general, most graduate students at Caltech receive full funding for their graduate education. In fact, approximately 99% of doctoral students have full financial support. Financial support for graduate students comes in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or some combination of fellowship and assistantship support. In most cases financial assistance is awarded on an annual basis, and is based on satisfactory academic progress. A separate application for requesting financial aid is not required.

On average, more than 98% of graduate students offered admission at Caltech are offered a package of merit-based financial support that pays all tuition charges and provides them with a stipend. The only major exception is the case of students in terminal master’s programs, who in many cases are self-supported.  These students should refer to the information on financing a graduate education.

For additional questions or assistance related to financial aid in the form of assistantships or fellowships, please contact a member of the Graduate Office staff via the inquiry form.

Inquiries regarding loans should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.