As a doctoral student in Communication Studies, you'll receive five years of university funding. Nine months of funding is through a graduate assistantship; during the summer months, it is through a fellowship. Both include a stipend and tuition waiver.
In the first year of doctoral study, your assistantship will engage you in activities aimed at familiarizing you with the department and the profession. In your second and third years, you will have assignments as teaching and research assistants. In the fourth year, your primary activity is completing your dissertation work. In the fifth year, you will have assignments as teaching and research assistants. You may also apply for dissertation-year fellowships that the University and some of its research centers award to doctoral students.
For more detailed information visit the Graduate School's Financial Aid site.