PhD in NYC, money?
May 18, 2008 7:54 PM Subscribe
I'd like to do my PhD in a scientific field, full-time in the NY Metro area.
How can I make it work money-wise?
posted by spacefire to education (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Cost of living is very high, of course, and assistantships pay very little: I've looked at teaching and research assistantships at Columbia and the range was 1000-2000/month for 20/hours of work per week.
I am willing to work part-time on the side, doing tutoring and hopefully some writing or programming gigs. Or whatever. I also hope to get some grants and/or scholarships to help out some more.
I have a Bachelor and Masters degree in Engineering.
I am married, so I can't bunk up with ten roommates. My wife doesn't make that money so I can't rely on her to support us both through this.
I'd say I need to make at least 50k a year, assuming tuition is paid.
Question is: Is this doable? Any resources out there? How do people actually do it?