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Graduate Student Tuition Support Program Eligibility

The Graduate Tuition Support Program, administered by the MU Graduate School, waives tuition for qualified graduate students. Students must meet established criteria to be considered for the program.

Eligible

  • Qualifying graduate assistants and fellows — Graduate students who hold qualifying assistantships or fellowships from academic departments or qualified non-degree-granting programs and are in good academic standing in their home departments may be eligible for tuition support.

Not eligible

  • Benefit-eligible Mizzou employees Benefit-eligible employees are not eligible for the tuition support.
  • Non-degree graduate students — A student must be in a degree-seeking program (master's, doctoral, educational specialist) and hold a qualifying assistantship or fellowship.

May be eligible

  • Professional students — A professional student (law, medicine, veterinary medicine) may be eligible only if seeking a dual degree in a professional program and a graduate program.Tuition is applied only to graduate program courses.

Requirements

Graduate teaching assistants and research assistants

  • Must hold at least a quarter-time (.25 FTE, or 10 hours per week) assistantship from a graduate degree granting program, or a half-time (.50 FTE, or 20 hours a week) assistantship from a qualifying non-degree granting unit (may be combined).
  • Must have a qualifying job title.
  • Must maintain good academic standing, as determined by the student's academic home.
  • New students must have been:
    1. Admitted based on admission criteria developed by the academic degree-granting home of the student.
    2. Approved by the Graduate School and the Graduate Faculty Senate.

Fellowship recipients

  • Must hold a university-recognized fellowship with a stipend  administered through the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Fellowship stipend amount must equal a quarter-time (.25 FTE, or 10 hours per week) assistantship.
  • Must maintain good academic standing, as determined by the student's academic home.
  • New students must have been admitted based on admission criteria developed by the academic degree-granting home of the student.

Full-semester assistantships and fellowships

A student must hold the assistantship or fellowship for the entire semester to receive a full tuition waiver. A student who holds an assistantship or fellowship for a portion of the semester may be eligible for a pro-rated tuition waiver.

Eligible course work

The support applies only to courses applicable and relevant to the student's degree program and to courses approved by the student's adviser.

The courses for which students receive support are checked after the add/drop period in a semester. If a course is determined to be ineligible, the Tuition Support Program coordinator will remove the support associated with the ineligible course, and the student will be responsible for the tuition and fees associated with that course.

No plan of study required

A student's tuition waiver is applied only to courses relevant to the student's degree program. Plans of study are not required for use in the eligibility process.

Time limits

Type of StudentMaximum Years of EligibilityMaximum Semesters of Eligibility (Not Including Summers)
Admitted as master’s student 3 years 6 semesters
Admitted into a terminal master's degree, with minimum of 60 credit hours required for degree 4 years 8 semesters
Has relevant master’s degree, admitted as doctoral student 5 years 10 semesters
No relevant master’s degree, admitted as doctoral student 7 years 14 semesters
No relevant master’s degree, admitted to doctoral program with master’s en route 8 years 16 semesters

Note: Summer semesters not included. The overall limits are two degrees or seven years (eight, for the last scenario), whichever comes first. For all master's work, the student is limited to three years or six semesters of support.

Tuition support for assistantships in non-degree-granting units

A units that has an academic mission but doesn't grant degrees (such as the Campus Writing Program) may choose to offer remission of Missouri resident and non-resident tuition as a fringe benefit. The dean of the Graduate School will recommend whether to provide support in to students in such units on an individual basis. If granted, the support will be made pending approval by the student's home department.

See forms and instructions.

Special situations

Summer tuition support

A student who had a tuition waiver for the fall and spring semesters will receive a waiver for the following summer automatically. A student without support in past two consecutive semesters may be eligible for summer tuition support if the department completes a Tuition Support Program form and checks the box for summer and the student:

  • Has a qualifying assistantship or fellowship for the entire summer session.
  • Has support for the preceding spring semester and the student has a qualifying assistantship or fellowship committed for the following fall semester.
  • Is starting a program in the summer semester and has a qualifying assistantship or fellowship committed for both the following fall and spring semesters.

Partial semester assistantship or fellowship

  • If a student has a qualifying assistantship or fellowship for only part of a semester, the tuition support will be pro-rated.
  • If the assistantship or fellowship starts after the first day of the semester or ends before the last day of the semester, or if a student withdraws from the university before the end of the semester, the student will receive partial tuition support and will be responsible for the balance.
  • If a student who has a fellowship for which a stipend was received at the beginning of the semester withdraws from the university before the end of the semester, that student may be required to return a portion of the stipend, as well as a portion of the tuition waiver/insurance subsidy credits, to the university.

Student withdraws from all classes during the semester

  • A student with an assistantship or fellowship who withdraws from all classes loses the assistantship or fellowship.
  • Tuition supports pro-rated based on the amount of time the student worked. For example, if a student withdraws from all classes halfway through the semester, the student is responsible for 50 percent of the tuition.

Student is placed on academic probation

  • A student on academic probation is not eligible for a tuition waiver under the Tuition Support Program. The student may still hold an assistantship but will not be eligible for tuition support until off academic probation. The department may request a grace period by petitioning the dean of the Graduate School.