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Financial Resources

IR/PS Student Affairs provides assistance to prospective and current IR/PS students regarding financial resources including need-based aid, merit awards, department funding, academic appointments. IR/PS Student Affairs can also help students work with the UC San Diego Office of Graduate Studies and UC San Diego Financial Aid Office regarding additional funding opportunities.


Prospective Students

California Residency for Tuition Purposes

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents in the MPIA program not currently considered to be a California resident are strongly encouraged to establish California residency for their second year of study at IR/PS. Students who establish residency will receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition -- a savings of approximately $12,000. IR/PS Student Affairs offers a variety of information workshops and services during the first year of study to help students establish California residency.

Need-Based Aid

U.S. Citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for need-based financial aid. Financial aid is funding provided by federal and state governments and the University of California to help pay your educational expenses during the 9 month academic year.

Visit the UC San Diego Financial Aid web pages for information about financial aid, the types available, eligibility requirements, and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For a step-by-step financial aid application checklist visit the site's Financial Aid Timeline for Graduate/Professional School Students. Veterans may now apply for the new Post-9/11 GI Bill that is effective August 1, 2009. Read more about this new GI Bill and other federal veterans benefits available at UC San Diego.

MPIA students are eligible for federal student loans for 2 years + 2 quarters. For additional information regarding the Financial Aid Office policy, please click here to view the document.

Merit Awards

IR/PS provides approximately $2 million in merit fellowships to approximately 25% of the incoming MPIA class. Merit funding is awarded based on undergraduate academic performance, chosen areas of study, and personal and professional accomplishments. The amount of aid awarded and the criteria for selection are dependent on the specific funding source. Merit awards are typically made for both years of the MPIA for those quarters the student is enrolled for 12 units or more.


UC San Diego Model United Nations Fellowship

This $2,000 fellowship will be awarded to eligible UC San Diego students who apply to the MPIA or BA/MIA degree program by the January 15 deadline and are admitted. Current UC San Diego students that have been a member of the UC San Diego chapter of Model United Nations for at least a year prior to admission are eligible for the fellowship, as well as an application fee waiver.

Tribal Membership Initiative

The Tribal Membership Initiative is an endeavor by UC San Diego's Office of Graduate Studies to increase diversity by providing fellowships to prospective students who are members of a federally recognized tribe of any of the original peoples of North America or the Hawaiian Islands. All tribal members admitted under this initiative enrolling in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies’ Master of Pacific International Affairs (MPIA) degree program will be eligible to receive a two year fellowship, which includes a $15,000 per year stipend, and up to $25,000 per year allotment for fees. For more information, a list of other UC San Diego programs eligible for these fellowships, and how to participate, visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.

California Resident Tuition Fellowship for Non-residents

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents who apply to the MPIA program by the January 15 deadline and meet the fellowship prerequisites will be offered a CA Resident Fellowship. The fellowship is equivalent to the cost of non-resident tuition, during the first year of study in the MPIA. Eligible students will need to apply for California State residency for tuition purposes during the second year of study. California residency will reduce second-year tuition costs by over $12,000. Fellowship prerequisites: 3.5 GPA; 70th percentile GREQ/GMATQ and GREV/GMATV scores, 4.0 GREA/GMATA score

USMEX Fellowship (download flyer)

This fellowship provides full university tuition and fees to one student from each incoming MPIA class who is committed to deepening the relationship between students, faculty, research scholars, and the broader UC San Diego community on issues related to Mexico and U.S.-Mexico border relations. Fellowship prerequisites: demonstrated interest in deepening U.S.-Mexico relations; commitment to study, work, or volunteerism in Mexico or border regions; Spanish language proficiency; minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; 50th percentile or above on the GRE or GMAT Quantitative and Verbal sections; minimum score of 90 on the TOEFL or equivalent exam, if relevant.

IR/PS-Conacyt-Funed Fellowship (download flyer)

The fellowship offers qualified Mexican students partial tuition funding from IR/PS while also opening the door to consideration for matching fellowship and low-interest student loans from Conacyt and Funed.

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Current Students

Summer Internship Funding

IR/PS Career Services provides partial financial support to MPIA and BA/MIA students who undertake unpaid internships during the summer between their first and second year. Special fellowships, such as the ILAR Summer Fellows Program, the KPP Summer Fellows Program, the EmPac Summer Fellows Program, as well as other regionally-focused awards are available each year. A funding application is required, and attendance at the Summer Internship Funding Workshop, held during the Winter Quarter, is strongly recommended. Funding applications are available for download in February in the IRPSCAREERS' document library.

Conference/Professional Development Funding

A limited amount of money is available to MPIA and BA/MIA students to offset the cost of attending conferences and other professional development programs. For more information about obtaining funding, download the Conference Funding Guide. To apply, download and complete the application form.

Dean's Fellow Stipend

Each year, approximately 10% of outstanding continuing students are recognized as Dean’s Fellows. The Dean's Fellow designation is determined by selection from a list of students nominated by the IR/PS community:  faculty, alumni, staff, students, or friends. Those selected receive a small stipend. See the IR/PS Dean's Fellows page for more information.

Academic Appointments

Due to the rigors of coursework in the MPIA, MAS-IA and BA/MIA program, students are strongly discouraged from undertaking academic appointments during their first quarter of graduate studies.

IR/PS departments and centers that may offer opportunities are: IR/PS Learning Center, Career Services, External Relations, Admissions, Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation.

Teaching Assistants

IR/PS teaching assistants are typically offered a salaried equivalent of up to 25%-50% full time employment (approximately 10-20 hours per week). Graduate students with academic appointments totaling 25%-50% time or more are entitled to full graduate student health insurance (GSHIP) remission and a partial fee remission. Teaching assistants are also eligible for fee deferments and temporary loans. Click here to learn more.

IR/PS students have also served as teaching assistants and readers in other academic departments. These departments include, but are not limited to the history department, the literature department, and the undergraduate college writing program.

Graduate Student Researchers

Graduate student researchers (GSR) at IR/PS are appointed on the basis of the student’s experience and expertise relating to the project for which funds are available, as well as the appropriateness of the project to the student’s research interests. GSR appointments may be awarded at various percentage levels. Appointments greater than 25% time are entitled to a GSR tuition/fee remission (excludes professional fees). Students interested in a GSR position should contact their professors for research opportunities.

Readers and Tutors

Readers and tutors who are appointed to a minimum of 25% time for the quarter are also eligible for TAHI/TAFE; however, payment is issued as a refund after the end of the quarter. Refunds are coordinated between the hiring department and OGS.

External Fellowships

UC San Diego maintains a central repository for funding announcements that contains information on local, regional, and intramural programs. Visit the Fellowships list maintained by IR/PS Student Affairs.

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Income Taxes

The Tax Reform Act of 1986 deems most graduate student support as taxable income. Students appointed as teaching assistants and graduate student researchers will complete the W-4, Tax Withholding Allowance Certificate to indicate the amount of federal and state taxes to be withheld from monthly salary payments. Visit the Office of Graduate Studies website for more tax information.

U.S citizens and permanent residents:

Fellowship and stipend funds used for registration fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses of instruction are non-taxable. All remaining fellowship stipend funds are taxable.

Taxes are not withheld from stipend payments and students should submit quarterly tax payments for federal (1040 ES) and state (540 ES) taxes.

International students:

Fee and tuition payments from scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, research assistant tuition and fee remission, teaching assistant health insurance/fee remission, and in-candidacy fee offset grants are non-taxable.

Salary and stipend payments require federal tax withholding unless the provisions of an income tax treaty cover the income. Tax treaties do not apply to California state taxes. 

Visit the International Center page taxes for international students for more information.

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Tax Resources

General information - OGS website
Tax preparation assistance (domestic) - Student Legal Services
Tax preparation assistance (international) - International Center
Questions regarding 1098-T: 858-822-4628.  Students may access their 1098-T at the following website
Questions regarding 1042-S (international students, only): Paul Rodriguez, 858-534-3421 or Remy Razon, 858-534-0291
Questions regarding W-2
Questions regarding 1099