For Fall semester admissions, the offers of financial aid are made throughout April and sometimes into May. If you do not hear from us that probably means that we are not prepared to offer you financial aid at this time. However, we keep your application on file just in case an opening develops or we receive funds to hire additional graduate students. In that case, we will contact you for your availability. This can happen at any time during the year including the possibility of starting in the Spring semester.
Research assistantships in a particular area of concentration are generally awarded by a faculty member working on funded research in that area. You may contact a faculty member for the availability of research assistantships in your area of specialization.
Yes, first year international students who have been accepted in our graduate programs may apply for TA and RA positions.
The offers of financial aid depend on several factors including GRE/TOEFL scores, personal/phone interviews, previous research/industrial/teaching experience, area of concentration, department needs and the financial factors. Competition for teaching and research assistantships is always very keen and admitted students are always encouraged to find other sources of support including personal/family funds. Several students start their graduate education based on personal funds and later find some form of financial support including assistantships and on-campus employment though clearly, it can not be guaranteed.