I currently have my math degree, and I am working in the actuarial world. However, I'm considering returning to school to study quantitative finance, because I like economics and it will give me exposure (without requiring ph. D for a job). Unfortunately, I'm in mostly financial constraints. I don't want to take out a loan for grad school, and I wasn't quite sure about graduate assistantships. It looks like they pay 6k over 9 months...REALLY! My crappy apt would cost more than that---and I do mean crappy. So I wasn't sure, is that 6k stipend the full amount or does it usually work that graduate assistantships also get say 20 hr/week pay too? Thanks!