Financial Aid | Department of Sociology

Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

For the academic year 2017-2018, the cost of graduate in-state tuition and fees for full-time graduate students (9 credit hours) at UNT is $3,582.65. Out-of-state tuition and fees for 9 hours are $7,317.65. Scholarships are available that waive out-of-state tuition for incoming doctoral students.

The cost of living in Denton and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is very favorable compared to other US metropolitan areas.

Financial Aid

Teaching Assistantships require up to 20 hours per week of assisting sociology department professors and instructors. Last year, the 9-month stipend for this position for an incoming Master's-PhD pass-through student was $12,631. This generally increases to nearly $15,000 in the second year of TA work. TA positions comes with up to 6 hours of paid tuition in both the fall and spring semesters. In order to qualify for this tuition benefit, a student must be in good academic standing and be a full-time graduate student (9 credit hours). Students are considered for a renewal of this position if they are enrolled in the MA-PhD pass-through program based on funding availability, teaching assistant performance, and satisfactory progress in the program.

Teaching Fellowships require that graduate students either teach two courses independently each semester or teach one course as an instructor and serve as a teaching assistant in another course. The Graduate Director and/or Department Chair works with students on their specific work assignments based on students' research and teaching interests and the department's teaching needs. Last year, the 9-month stipend for this position was $14, 860. There is an increase in the stipend for ABD students. TF positions come with up to 6 hours paid tuition in both the fall and spring semesters. In order to qualify for this tuition benefit a student must be in good academic standing and be a full-time graduate student (9 credit hours). Students are considered for a renewal of this position if they are enrolled in the MA-PhD pass-through program based on funding availability, teaching assistant performance, and satisfactory progress in the program.

In general summer funding is not available through the department, although there are on occasion work opportunities for graduate students. International students with F-1 student visas are generally not permitted to work off campus in the summer. International applicants with questions about work and funding should visit international.unt.edu. The department often offers funding for summer work as a graduate Tutor/Grader (TG). As of 2017-18 this position pays $17/hr for 19 hours per week for a minimum of one summer term per year.

Other graduate students may be hired as Tutor-Graders (TGs) during the regular academic year. These students assist faculty members, but they do not teach classes. This position pays $17.00 an hour up to 19 hours/week. Tutor-grader positions do not provide health care benefits, but students who have performed well as tutor-graders are often given priority consideration when graduate assistantship (TA and TF) positions become available.

Travel

The Department supports student travel to conferences. Please click here to access the form.

Scholarships

A $1,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship that includes a waiver for out-of-state tuition costs is available for incoming PhD students. However, the scholarship and waiver are not granted automatically. Instead admitted students must apply for the scholarship at tsgs.unt.edu/graduatelife/AAS.

There are several other departmental scholarships for which students may apply. The general scholarship application can be used to apply for all scholarships, and applicants should include their academic CV/resume. The general application is due February 25 to sociology@unt.edu. Please use the subject line "Graduate Scholarship Application" in your email application. Contact the department at 940.565.2296 for more information.

Sociology Scholarship General Application (pdf)

Sociology Scholarship General Application (docx)

Graduate Scholarships

If you are a returning Peace Corps graduate student, you may be eligible for the Returned Peace Corp Volunteer Scholarship. Please contact sociology.unt.edu for application details.

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