Additional Benefits for Full-time GSAS Ph.D. Students

Congratulations on your admission to the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. community! As a full-time GSAS Ph.D. student, you will have access to many resources on the university’s campuses. In addition to the award information detailed in your offer letter, all Ph.D. students receive a competitive benefits package.

Below is a list of some of the highlights of your benefits package. If you have questions about any of these, please reach out to If you have questions about your overall financial package, please contact your department directly.

  • Full coverage of health insurance for grades one through five of the program plus an option for grade six (health fee is included) 
  • Paid parental accommodation – All full-time, registered Ph.D. students in good standing have the option to pursue a parental accomodation immediately following the birth of a child, adoption of a child, or placement of a foster child. 
  • benefit for child and elder care. This benefit will help you find a care provider for any member of your family – from infants to adults to pets.
  • Commuter benefit – Whether you take the train, bus, subway, vanpool, or park at the train station, Tufts’ Commuter Benefit Program allows you to set aside funds on a pre-tax and post-tax basis for transit and parking expenses.

In addition, all full-time Ph.D. students have access to Tufts University’s state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Tisch Sports and Fitness Center and more. Learn more at Campus Life.