As a PIBBS student at USC, you will be provided a competitive annual stipend and will be supported throughout your graduate career as long as you remain in good academic standing. Financial support includes payment of tuition and health benefits (health, dental, and vision insurance). Beginning in the second year, the faculty mentor will be financially responsible for your student stipend and fees until completion of the thesis. During this time, you may be supported from grants and/or scholarships funds within the laboratory or Ph.D. program. There is no teaching assistantship (TA-ship) requirement although some students do choose to do a TA-ship if they wish to obtain teaching experience.