On my road trip this week, I happen to visit Purdue University. It is a very large university with an awesome campus! The only thing in West Lafayette, Indiana was Purdue University. Because of break, there was not much activity on campus. I ended up visiting student Union, libraries and Math Department. I was inquiring about Funding situation and admission for Math PhD program at Purdue University. One of the key things they told us was, they were not going to offer as many admissions for PhD this year because of budget cuts. Last year they offered 90 admissions for PhD and 45 of them accepted. This year they plan to offer only 15 admissions. Just imagine the cut from 90 to 15, very bad indeed. The reality is, they explained every PhD student is provided with funding for complete program. They get paid around $16,000 a year. PhD students graduate around 5 to 7 years. Due to recession, many students did not graduate and lot more new students are applying, as they already have the obligation to support the existing PhD students, they cannot offer many admissions. The biggest issue is state has cut funds for the university with recession.
Most of the public or state Universities rely on the state government for funds. I was told with the bad economy everyone is cutting back and most of the state schools are having the same situation. Check this Newyork times article State Colleges Also face Cuts in Ambitions
Few more articles to check :
- Seattle Times – Washignton Public Universities Bigger budget cuts
- Check about 43 States budget cuts in Higher education : Update on State Budget Cut At Least 43 States Have Imposed Cuts That Hurt Vulnerable Residents
Some of the schools are putting a cap on enrollment, some not proving enough funding. Just imagine at Purdue, PhD students are having hard time getting funding, what would the fate of students who will come for MS ? It is very scary… Usually the budget for the next academic year decides the amount of funding and research grants available. Things do not change throughout the academic year with respect to funding…
Overall, recession in US leading to budget cuts by state governments has impacted significantly the higher education funding situation in State Universities for programs like MS and PhD. Do not keep your hopes high that you might get funding next semester, just be realistic. Just imagine, if seniors are not graduating on time due to recession, you will not get their TAs, RAs and GAs. Plan your finances carefully and be realistic when you apply for US schools for MS or PhD. Thought I would share my recent experience visiting Purdue University in Indiana.
Purdue University campus model with buildings and their info at their Union
Purdue Bell Tower
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