Living and Housing Costs:
There are many pleasant and reasonably priced apartment complexes conveniently located in the neighborhoods surrounding the Health Science Center. Monthly rent begins at $600 for a one-bedroom apartment and $800 for a two-bedroom apartment.
Tuition and Fees can be found on the Student Services Website. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Tuition for the 2010-2011 academic year is $128/hour for in-state students, while for out-of-state students, it is $497/semester hour. However, Ph.D. candidates employed as teaching or research assistants pay tuition at the resident rate, regardless of the period of time they have lived in Texas. In addition to tuition, there is an additional designated fee and fees for the library, medical services, identification cards and student activities. Only a few courses have laboratory fees: Gross Anatomy, Microscopic Anatomy, Medical Microbiology and Medical Neuroscience. Lastly, in order to park a vehicle on campus, students are required to purchase a parking permit.
Ph.D. candidates accepted into the graduate program are typically granted a student stipend. For the first 12 months, the student is supported through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. After 12 months of training, the responsibility for the student's stipend shifts to the laboratory which he or she has selected to complete the dissertation research. In the event of a loss of funding by a laboratory in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology which is training a senior-level student, the Department will attempt to provide temporary support. In addition, students are encouraged to seek predoctoral fellowships to support their graduate training. Such fellowships are quite prestigious; funds are currently available from many sources including the National Institutes of Health, the March of Dimes, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Science Foundation. Lastly, a scholarship created in memory of Mr. David Carrillo, a former Ph.D. candidate in our program, is available annually for a second year student who has shown extraordinary promise.
Typically, students on the M.S. track do not receive stipends. However, these students may choose to accept employment (up to 50% time) in order to finance their training or obtain support from their Master's degree mentor. Some limited financial compensation may also be available for work as Teaching Assistants; these positions are competitive and require successful prior completion of the relevant course. In addition, the Office of Student Financial Aid will assist all qualified students with applications for available loans, grants and scholarships.