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Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design

Costs and Tuition

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Clemson University has implemented a new, interactive Tuition and Fee Calculator developed by Student Financial Services and the Office of Finance and Operations. The online calculator provides graduate, online and undergraduate students an estimate of their academic tuition, fees and essential costs associated with attending Clemson University. The University encourages students and potential students to use this tool as a primary resource for estimating costs. While the tool does not calculate a final student bill, information on tuition and fees is communicated on the Student Financial Services web page.

The Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design program is a Tier 3 program.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The nine-month stipend for Graduate Teaching Assistantships is highly competitive with all other similar programs. If there are courses for graduate assistants to teach in the summer (and there have been each summer), the stipend increases for minimester and six-week courses.

Graduate teaching assistants teach for the most part in English (in the First-Year Composition and Advanced Writing Programs). Other arrangements for work can also be made in other departments and in labs. Teaching assignments in a department are determined by the student's master's degree, whether it was in English, rhetoric, writing, communication, or another discipline.

Graduate Teaching Assistants pay a total of around $1,200 per Fall and Spring semester for insurance and other fees, such as parking. The fees for RCID students who are teaching/taking courses in the summer are not yet determined for the 2022–2023 academic year. 


All graduate school fellowships are competitive. The Director of RCID will nominate select accepted students for a fellowship. Because fellowships are distributed across all Colleges at Clemson University, there are very few awarded per college. The fellowships presently range from $10,000 to $15,000 for the year. For fellowships, students must apply for acceptance to the Graduate School and the RCID program in December, with all materials submitted by that time.

The Graduate School issues its first decisions on fellowships Jan. 15, followed by decisions Feb. 15 and March 15. A student may hold both a graduate assistantship and a fellowship simultaneously.

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