Graduate Student Funding

Last Updated
08/12/2022
Description

This data visualization provides information about the financial support of graduate students at UW-Madison, including the percentage of fully funded students, their funding appointment types, and average monthly stipend levels. 

Report URL
https://tableau.wisconsin.edu/#/views/GraduateStudentFunding/Funding
Data Cookbook URL (requires authorization)
https://uwmadison.datacookbook.com/institution/reports/37192/versions/63705
Data Domain(s)
Financial Aid, Student Record
Access Restrictions
Publicly Available
Data Source Information
InfoAccess
Data View Information
ACADEMIC_PLAN; ACADEMIC_SUBPLAN; RETENTION_PLAN_HISTORY; RETENTION_SEMESTER_HISTORY; RETENTION_STUDENT; STDNT_ETHNIC_REPORTING; STDNT_TERM_CODES; ID_CROSSWALK_UWMSN; UA_MARCH_PAYROLL; UA_OCTOBER_PAYROLL
Update Schedule
Data are updated annually in July for the prior academic year.
Responsible Office
Graduate School Office of Academic Analysis, Planning, & Assessment
Important Notes

Information is limited to students enrolled in degree programs administered by the Graduate School. Excluded are a number of post-baccalaureate professional degrees solely supported by their home school, including certain medical and law degrees. More information on Graduate School programs can be found at https://grad.wisc.edu.

Funding data are derived from university frozen payroll snapshots taken annually in October and March.

Appointments equivalent to 33% time or higher are considered 'Full Funding' as they typically qualify the student for tuition remission and other benefits such as health insurance. Students with full funding also earn a monthly stipend on top of tuition remission. Students with multiple concurrent appointments with a combined FTE (Full Time Equivalent) of 33% or higher are also categorized as receiving full funding.

Students with multiple appointments are counted once in the appointment with the highest FTE to determine their primary appointment, or in the following order for those with multiple appointments with the same FTE: fellow, trainee, research assistant, teaching assistant, project assistant.  Lecturer (SA) appointments are included in the Teaching Assistant funding category.

The Other Funding category refers to students with primary funding other than university appointments. It includes both those with no university appointment, and those with university appointments totaling less than 33% FTE.

Definitions

Name Functional Definition Data Domains
Primary Funding Category

The title category of a graduate student assistant with a tuition remission-eligible appointment. Title categories include Fellow, Trainee, Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, & Project Assistant. For students with multiple eligible appointments, the appointment with the highest FTE is considered the primary funding category. For students with multiple appointments at the same FTE, the primary funding category is based on the following order: Fellow, Trainee, Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Project Assistant. 

Employee Record, Financial Aid, Student Record
Academic Plan

An area of study--such as a major, minor, or certificate--that is within an academic career.

Academic Planning, Student Record
Academic Year

An academic year consists of sequential summer, fall, spring terms. For example, the 2011-12 academic years includes summer 2011, fall 2011, and spring 2012.

Academic Planning
Stipend

The compensation rate of a tuition remission-eligible graduate student assistantship. The stipend is money directly paid to the student and does not include the value of tuition remission or other benefits associated with the appointment. 

Employee Record, Financial Aid, Student Record
Full Funding Appointment

Graduate research assistant, teaching assistant, project assistant, fellow and trainee appointments equivalent to 33% time or higher are considered 'Full Funding' as they typically qualify the student for tuition remission and other benefits such as health insurance. Students with multiple concurrent appointments with a combined FTE (Full Time Equivalent) of 33% or higher are also categorized as receiving full funding.

Employee Record, Financial Aid, Student Record
Career (Academic Structure)

A broad grouping of students related to their degree objectives and admitting office. Used for tuition charges, awarding financial aid, grading scales and other operational functions.

Academic Planning, Student Record
Degree Level

The type of award granted to a student who graduates in a given plan code.

Valid Values:

Bachelor's
Master's
Research Doctorate
Clinical Doctorate

Academic Planning, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Disciplinary Division

The four divisions established on the basis of related subjects of teaching and research and are independent of colleges, schools, and departments, and include: Biological Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Academic Planning, Employee Record
Fellow (Graduate)

Fellow appointments are for UW-Madison graduate students holding a fellowship which provides freedom to devote full-time to obtaining an advanced degree.

Employee Record, Student Record
Trainee (Graduate)

Trainee appointments are for UW-Madison graduate students who are supported by a traineeship while pursuing a particular course of study. Traineeships are ordinarily sponsored through an extramural training grant and are designated as traineeships under the terms of the grant.

Employee Record, Student Record
Project Assistant

Project assistant or program assistant appointments are for UW-Madison graduate students who are employed to assist with research, training, or other academic programs or projects.

Employee Record, Student Record
Research Assistant

A research assistant is a UW-Madison graduate student working towards a Master's or Ph.D. degree. An appointment involves work done primarily for the benefit of the individual's course of study and research and directly applicable to the individual's thesis or dissertation.

Employee Record, Student Record
Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistant appointments are for UW-Madison graduate students who have been assigned teaching responsibilities in an instructional department program under the supervision of a faculty member of the academic staff.

Employee Record, Student Record
Named Option

A named option is a formally documented sub-major within an academic major program.

Academic Planning, Student Record
Program (Academic Structure)

A group of academic plans that share characteristics within an academic group. Academic program code controls administrative functions such as min credits, max credits, tuition rates, academic standing, grading schemes, full-time/part-time standing, financial aid primacy number.

Academic Planning, Student Record
School/College of Academic Plan

Indicates the school/college that has ownership of the academic plan.

Academic Planning, Student Record
Term

A period of instruction: Fall, Spring, or Summer.

University of Wisconsin - Madison