Paying for college

Financial aid options for students

The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering offers you 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 for you to embrace the field and graduate with confidence in yourself.

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, readily available, a variety of resources to help you pay for your 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 undergraduate, graduate, or specific majors. Students should review all of the opportunities available and apply to through appropriate portals.

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.


On Campus Employment

Studies have shown that students who work do just as well or better academically than non-working students and grades improve as students work more hours per week (up to 20). In addition, working students are more likely to complete a degree program than non-workers. Review the current 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 as well as individual faculty members.

Students can be hired for 10 hours a week (quarter time, or .25, or 25%) or for 20 hours a week (half time, or .50, or 50%). Quarter-time assistantship holders receive only a half tuition waiver and are required to pay half of in-state tuition at 12 credits, the regularly assessed 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 have 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 assist students by 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 semester hours of coursework during each semester of residence, which includes research hours. Any suspension from the Graduate Program results in the loss of financial support.

Teaching assistantships

Students receiving teaching assistantships may be assigned appointments which are half-time (20 hours per week) or quarter-time (10 hours per week). 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 additionally 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 iBT 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 topic. Students receiving stipends for research activity, which also constitutes the dissertation research, spend considerably more time each week working on the project than is otherwise expected by the assistantship. These positions are funded by the faculty that is overseeing the student’s research and is contingent upon continued successful completion of research and funding availability.

Dean’s Fellowship

This prestigious award is for highly qualified incoming domestic Ph.D. students. The Dean’s Fellowship provides tuition, health insurance and $30,000 of annual support. This award is a commitment for four academic years plus summers. Fellows hold a 50% FTE 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.
  • United States citizenship required.
  • Have a bachelor of science degree with a 3.6 GPA or better from an accredited electrical engineering program.
  • Attend the recruiting event.
  • Applicants from women and minorities are encouraged.

Visit the fellowship application portal to apply.