I'm looking for advice on how to financially support myself for graduate studies at MIT and similar tier universities.
Say that I do get accepted to one of those schools, what's the best option? I heard you can work inside? Will that cover all tuition and living expenses?
no idea about top tier but I'm applying to a relatively non competitive school (gre in about 12 hours fuck) and getting a TA position doesn't seem to difficult. I think they get benefits like a meal plan and obviously pay per hour. If you do decide to live on campus I think that is covered as well but tuition is still up to you so scholarships might help
but the answer is already here
Almost any top tier graduate program (sci/eng, not law/med) covers tuition and living expenses b/c that's what peer institutions do.
You mentioned MIT.
MIT's chemistry department is highly ranked, generally top five, they have to provide financial support to their graduate students b/c the rest of the top five do (Harvard, Stanford, Cal, Scripps) just that.
Failing to do so puts the institution at a competitive disadvantage in terms of grad student recruiting.
Also, why are you asking 4chan?
Ask the institutions you are interested in.
Specifically you should make calls to/email the departmental offices/program administrators that you are interested in.
If I start calling staffers in the department of chemistry at Cal at 8 am in the morning, I will have been adequately informed about the stipend and tuition remission associated with a GSI or GSR appointment by 8:10 am.
>I'm not in the US.
Are you OP?
I took his mention of 'MIT and similar tier universities' to mean that he was looking to go to grad school at top ranked institutions in the US.
That was presumptuous on my part.
From what I understand, many European (and other Anglo-sphere) institutions, and really the general European (and other Anglo-sphere) mindset and policy proscriptions are more student friendly than those in the US.
At the end, the suggestion still stands - contact the institutions you are interested in attending.
Undergrad research and letters of reference are very important in the US.
Most students blow off the GREs, this is a mistake on their part. It's easy to make yourself look good by taking time to prepare for the GRE. In my experience this is true of both the general and subject GREs.
>Failing to do so puts the institution at a competitive disadvantage in terms of grad student recruiting.
Not really. Acceptance rates at these unis are incredibly low, to begin with.
lol, the top 5 are largely competing for the same pool of students - I know b/c I was there for recruitment visits and saw the same people (prospective grad students) over and over again.
if Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and CalTech offer you a full tuition waiver and a 25-30k/year stipend but Cal doesn't are you going to go to Cal?