So I applied to Florida Institute of Technology. They had research in astronomy applicable to what I have experience in and what I wish to do in the future, and did not require the PGRE -- I figured my application stood a very good shot there, as they have high admission rates as well.
Somehow, I had the wrong information regarding their financial aid (or so it would seem):http://www.gradschoolshopper.com/gradsc ... 9#tuitions
Can this really be true? A physics Ph.D. program with 9k/year TA spots and only partial tuition waivers? I admit that if this is true then I made a pretty bone-headed move by applying before confirming their financial aid packages.
It seems they offer a lot of their financial aid through FAFSA grants? Could that be what I'm missing from this equation? As I understand it, nobody should ever pay a dime out of pocket for physics graduate school aside from maybe a few fees.