Graduate Students' Pay and Benefits Vary Widely, Survey Shows

When it comes to the financial packages that graduate students receive to pursue their degrees, the devil is in the details.

A Chronicle survey, conducted this summer and fall, of the pay and benefits of teaching and research assistants at more than 100 research institutions reveals a dizzying array of variables that students must compare.

Some institutions cover 100 percent of graduate students' tuition, while others waive only a portion. It is possible to get health insurance