(Closed) PhD Funding – Is this acceptable? Or No Good?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone having to pay money to earn their PhD.  Everyone I know who has gone that route has had all expenses covered and recieved a (small) stipend to live off of.

What field are you in?

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Absolutely go for it. 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You have to pay to earn a PhD if you aren’t pursuing science, or if you go to a less-funded school, typically.

Will 5-6 (or more) years in this program give you a bump in salary that justifies the cost? With a major of Human Resources I doubt it.

For my PhD, it was free, plus I got paid a $30,000/yr stipend…and it was still a ridiculous struggle after that many years of living on such a lean income. I’d think seriously before strating this.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

What field are you in? I have full tuition coverage and a reasonable stipend, but apparently this only happens in hard sciences programs….

ETA: Oops…your other comments only appeared when I clicked submit. It sounds like you should definitely go for the PhD, but maybe not this particular program? Are most programs you’re looking at as expensive?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If it were me, I’d go for it. Is there an assistantship? While most people do get full rides for PhDs, I’m finding it varies based on teh field. Also a lot of universities seem to be cutting back and it also depends on what all you’re doing for THEM based on how much you get. My last semester teaching, I was considered part time faculty (slightly better pay than assistantship, but you get less classes credited to you – enough for dissertation). If I didn’t have my partner, I would have had to take out loans unless I taught 4 or 5 classes (at my school 6 is full time. ANd um, professors teach 3 one semester and 2 the next. Go figure). You can also try talking to the department – not the financial aid dept yet. A friend of mine didn’t get enough funding and she talked to them. Turns out she is awesome at graphic design and programming (she is in a completely unrelated field!), so she updated their website and got more money. I applied for a grant with a professor adn got that, so that help me money wise. However, $30k is very good for a PhD (I have friends w/ way more than that for just a bachelor’s). Congrats!!!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’d be very cautious about a part time distance PhD program.  I’d definitely ask for data about amount of time to complete and jobs after graduation (salaries, how many employed x months after graduation, etc).  I’d also ask to talk to several current students and alums.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@aliavenue:  If the PhD is worth it, why are you starting to rethink the program? Just because of cost or is there something else?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hmm. I was going to say “that’s crap!” but then picked up on the distance thing. The out of pocket expense is unusual, but at the same time, depending on your current salary, the overall cost of taking a PhD assistantship stipend and having them pay your tuition (assuming there’s a program in your area or what have you) might be significantly more.

I agree with philabride2bee about inquiring as to completion time, etc. My other worry is that while it will allow you to stay where you are and stay in your current position, I would be worried about going into a PhD program and staying employed. Have people at your current job directly encouraged you to go for a PhD, will they be supportive/at least understanding of the demands of that? And yeah, then there’s the concrete question of will they start paying you more upon completion, or will it be a question of finding a more advanced position somewhere else at that point. :/

You’ve probably thought of all that, but hopefully that’s a little help.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@aliavenue:  Oh, great! That’s huge, I think. Hmm. Tough call, I guess.

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