Paying for college

Financial aid options for students

The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering offers the opportunity to learn under award-winning faculty with state-of-the-art resources and facilities. We provide you with the hands-on experience necessary to embrace the field and graduate with confidence in your abilities.

We know the value of an education, and too often are students discouraged to pursue their degree due to the high costs of attending a university. At Arizona State University, we want you to succeed, and we have a variety of resources to help you pay for tuition, books, housing and personal expenses.

Undergraduate and graduate fellowships and scholarships

Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and fellowships through the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Some opportunities are limited to students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees or specific majors. Students should review all opportunities available and apply through the appropriate channels.

Undergraduate engineering scholarships

Graduate engineering fellowships

ASU tuition and aid

All students are able to apply for financial aid through ASU. Information on financial aid, scholarships and tuition can be found on the ASU tuition website. Students might need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about the FAFSA.


On-campus employment

Studies have shown that students with jobs do at least as well academically as students without jobs, and grades improve as students work more hours per week (up to 20). In addition, employed students are more likely to complete a degree program than students without jobs. Check out open student worker positions on the student employment website.


Graduate funding opportunities

Various forms of financial support are available to new and continuing graduate students, including teaching and research assistantships and fellowships. These opportunities may be accessed through each academic unit or individual faculty members.

Students can be hired for 10 hours a week (quarter time, or 25%) or for 20 hours a week (half time, or 50%). Quarter-time assistantship holders receive a waiver for half of their tuition and are required to pay half of the in-state tuition rate at 12 credits, along with associated fees and health insurance if applicable. Half-time assistantship holders receive full tuition waivers, and their health insurance will be covered as well. All assistantships also include a stipend.

A limited number of students receive written offers of financial aid prior to entering the program. Students who elect to enter the program without a written commitment of financial aid are responsible for providing their own financial support. Although it is the desire of the faculty to financially assist students through the aggressive pursuit of research grants, the faculty are not responsible for providing funding when a student enrolls in the program. All supported students are expected to complete their work assignments in a satisfactory manner as judged by the faculty. Additionally, supported students are required to register for at least 12 credit hours of coursework, including research hours, during each semester of residence. Any suspension from the graduate program will result in the loss of financial support.

Teaching assistantships

Teaching assistantship assignments may include sole responsibility for the teaching of undergraduate laboratories, assistance in the teaching of undergraduate laboratory recitations and assistance in grading of undergraduate homework. Students may also be asked to prepare lectures in undergraduate courses and administer examinations. Teaching responsibilities are in addition to the time spent on research for the graduate degree.

Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by scoring at least 90 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an overall band score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or an overall score of at least 60 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE).  International students seeking teaching assistantships must demonstrate proficiency in spoken English by scoring at least 24 on the speaking portion of the TOEFL internet-based test or 50 on the ASU-administered SPEAK Test.



Research assistantships

Research assistantship appointments pay the student a stipend for involvement in a particular faculty research project — this project usually also serves as the student’s dissertation research. Students receiving stipends for research activity spend considerably more time each week working on the project than is otherwise expected by the assistantship. These positions are funded by the faculty member overseeing the student’s research and are contingent upon funding availability and continued successful completion of research.

Dean’s Fellowship

This prestigious award is for highly qualified incoming domestic doctoral students. The Dean’s Fellowship provides tuition, health insurance and $30,000 of annual support. This award is a commitment for four academic years, as well as summer semesters. Fellows hold a 50% full-time equivalent Graduate Research Associate position working with faculty conducting research in their field of interest.

Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Apply and be admitted to ASU’s doctoral program in electrical engineering.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Have a bachelor of science degree with a 3.6 GPA or better from an accredited electrical engineering program.
  • Attend the recruiting event.
  • Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Visit the fellowship application portal to apply.