University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Indicator 28
Average Net Stipend Offered to Ph.D. Students Admitted to UC Compared to Their First-Choice Non-UC Schools, 2004 and 2007

Data visualization. please download the source data for accessible information.

Net stipend is the amount of competitive (non-need-based) aid that students have to live on after tuition and fees are paid. It is calculated by subtracting total tuition and fees from a student's support package (which includes both gift aid and teaching and research assistantships).

Net stipend varies both by campus and by academic discipline.

On average, in 2007 UC's per capita net stipend offer was $1,000 lower than that of competing institutions. This represented an improvement over the $1,500 competitiveness gap that existed between UC and competing institutions in 2004.

The high cost of living in many California communities exacerbates the net stipend competitiveness gap between the UC campuses and a number of other non-UC schools.

Source: 2004 and 2007 UC Graduate Support Surveys. Additional information can be found at:

Figures are expressed in constant 2007 dollars. Inflationary adjustments relied at California CPI-U.

The 2007 Graduate Support Survey assesses the competitiveness of UC financial support offers to academic doctoral students. As a comprehensive survey of students admitted to UC doctoral programs in all majors and disciplines, it also provides insight into which institutions UC competes with for highly qualified graduate students, how frequently students choose UC over these institutions, and which factors influence students' decisions to enroll at UC or elsewhere.

The survey was conducted on-line and included the full population of students admitted to UC academic doctoral programs in all fields and majors for fall 2007. The population consisted of students admitted to the University by the time the survey began. Only students who had made their enrollment decisions at the time of the survey were asked to participate.

You may view or download a table of the raw data used to generate these charts in CSV files, which can be opened in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.