Financial Considerations

Program Funding

All students in our Ph.D. program are awarded a generous financial package that covers full tuition. In addition, all students receive a stipend for living expenses. Additional opportunities to supplement the stipend by teaching extra courses (particularly over the summer) may also be available.

Although financial situations are unique to each individual, many students are able to complete the program with little to no debt associated with their cost of living and attendance. 


Other Funding Opportunities

Qualifying minority candidates are also encouraged to apply for supplemental scholarship support through the KPMG Foundation. Students in the dissertation phase may also apply for the Deloitte Foundation Fellowship, worth $25,000. While this fellowship is highly competitive (awarded to just ten students nationwide each year), multiple Arizona students have won the fellowship in prior years.

Additional funding opportunities may include:

Funding Resource or Program Award Contact Requirements
AICPA Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students Up to $12,000 per year, renewable up to five years
Minority students working full-time in doctoral program. Must hold Master's degree and/or have at least 3 years full-time experience in practice of accounting. Must be US citizen. Deadline: April 1, 2015
ATA/PricewaterhouseCoopers Outstanding Tax Dissertation Award $5,000 ATA members with completed dissertations during the required calendar year.
California Society of CPAs Accounting Doctoral Scholarship Program  $10,000 annually not to exceed $30,000 Candidates must be willing to become a CalCPA member, a permanent resident of the United States, and enrolled full-time in a program by September 2009. Candidates must agree to teach for at least three years in a university or college located in California.
Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship Program $25,000 over two-year period  School of Accountancy Candidates are recommended by the faculties of their school. Must have completed two or more semesters. $5,000 to help support during the final 12 months of required coursework and exams; $20,000 during work on dissertation.
Graduate Diversity Funding Programs $10,000 fellowship for incoming students
Open to under-represented minorities, i.e. Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans in all disciplines and under-represented students in particular disciplines. All candidates must be nominated by the UA Graduate Degree Program or the UA Student Center.
IIA Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Grant  $1,000 - $10,000
Must intend to teach auditing for two years; be enrolled within one year of completion of coursework and at dissertation stage at time of award.
KPMG Foundation Doctoral Scholarship $10,000 annually, renewable up to 5 years http://www.kpmgfoundation.
Open to African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. Must be a US Citizen and be in full-time accounting doctoral program.


Tucson Cost of Living

The cost of living in Tucson is significantly less than in comparable cities such as Seattle (22% less), Los Angeles (27% less), Houston (5% less), and Denver (8% less). Compare the cost of living in Tucson to your city here.

At the same time, the quality of life in Tucson is high. Some students live near campus, though many choose to live slightly further; popular neighborhoods include the foothills northeast of campus or in residential areas to the east or west of campus. Those coming from major metropolitan areas will find refreshingly little traffic in Tucson, with commutes of 20 minutes or less the norm no matter where you choose to live. 


For additional information, view Living in Tucson or contact us.