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Financial Support

Once admitted to our graduate program, the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department will pay all tuition costs, will cover a significant portion of the cost of health and dental benefits, and will provide a stipend to cover living expenses of $33,000 (for the academic year 2023-2024). A breakdown of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's Department's financial contributions can be found below.

July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 Biochemistry Department Contribution
Guaranteed Stipend to Cover Living Expenses $33,000
Fully Paid Tuition & Mandatory Fee $12,563
Health/Dental Benefits $4,763 (approximate)
Total Compensation $50,326


The stipend is sufficient to insure that students can live comfortably in Iowa City and its surrounding area during their studies. To get a sense of how the typical cost of living in Iowa City compares with other cities click here.

Continued support beyond the first year is guaranteed, provided that progress toward degree completion of the degree requirements is satisfactory.  Sources of  financial support come from training grants, scholarships, awards, etc. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for UI or national fellowships.