Financial assistance is an important issue during graduate school. Currently, both research and teaching assistantships provide tuition waiver and a stipend of $1,350/month for MS students. However, admission to the graduate program in Telecommunications Engineering does not guarantee financial assistance. Admitted students without firm offers of financial support must be prepared to cover the full cost of tuition, supplies, room and board, etc., from personal sources.
- Expected Costs: Graduate tuition in 2011-2012 is approximately
$380 per credit hour for Nebraska residents and approximately $956 per
credit hour for nonresidents. Fees for all full-time students are approximately
$482 per semester. Teaching and research assistants pay at the same
rate as Nebraska residents, except that their first nine credit hours
each semester are free. Room and board charges for students living on
campus approximately range from $7,000/year to $9,800/year. Off-campus
housing costs and living expenses in Omaha are affordable.
- Teaching Assistantships: Several teaching assistantships
(TA) are continually supported by the CEEN Department. Duties typically
include teaching of undergraduate laboratories, grading, or other tasks
related to undergraduate instruction. No teaching duties are required
during the Summer session but the student is expected to progress significantly
on his or her research during the Summer. All international graduate
students who wish to be employed as a TA at UNL must successfully complete
the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Institute conducted by the
Teaching and Learning Center at UNL. However, incoming international
students with exceptional qualifications may be granted a TA but they
are required to complete the ITA Institute within one year after arriving
at UNL. If you believe you are qualified and are interested in applying
for TA support, please complete the Graduate
Teaching Assistantship Application Form, which is provided in PDF format.
The form should be sent directly to the CEEN Department graduate secretary
by March 1 for students beginning in the Fall semester and October 1 for the
- Research Assistantships: Research assistantships (RA) are administered by individual faculty members, and thus selection for these requires a close match between the needs of the faculty member and the applicant's qualifications. In exceptional cases, RAs may be awarded to incoming students who have outstanding credentials. You are encouraged to contact faculty members via e-mail to explore opportunities for RA funding. Details of each faculty member's research can be viewed on the individual CEEN faculty homepages. Use this as a starting point for determining a possible match with a particular faculty member.