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Obtaining Assistance Through the Tuition Support Program

Once a graduate student at Mizzou has established eligibility for the Tuition Support Program, the host department and home academic department complete the following steps for the student to obtain support.

For degree-granting units

  1. A staff member from the department where the student has a fellowship or assistantship must complete a Determination of Eligibility form covering the duration of the assistantship or fellowship contract, not exceeding the terms checked at the top of the form.
  2. If the employing or host department is different from the student's academic home department, the completed form must be sent to the student's academic home department for the department chair's signature.
  3. The completed, signed form then must be sent to the Graduate School's Tuition Support Program coordinator for processing. If any part of the form is not correctly completed, the form will be returned. Each department must designate a contact person to address any problems.
  4. If the student becomes ineligible for tuition support, the responsible department must inform the Graduate School's Tuition Support Program coordinator of the change. (The responsibility rests on the employing department if the change is related to employment and the academic home department if the change is related to academics.)

For non-degree-granting units

  1. A staff member from the department where the student has a fellowship or assistantship must complete the Non-Degree-Granting Tuition Support Program form (pdf) and send it to the Tuition Support Program coordinator.
  2. When the tuition waiver request is approved, a copy of the form is sent back to the employing unit.
  3. The unit then must complete a Determination of Eligibility form, attach it to a copy of the approved tuition waiver request form and send both forms to the student's academic home department for a signature.
  4. The academic home department must send, by e-mail or campus mail, the two completed, signed forms to the Tuition Support Program coordinator.

Summer tuition waivers

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.

Offering a position with tuition support

Program-specific tuition-support policies

Degree-granting departments and programs are responsible for developing the criteria that determine whether a graduate student receives an assistantship in a category that qualifies for tuition support. These policies must be approved by the Graduate Faculty Senate, by the dean of the school or college and by the dean of the Graduate School.

Including resident tuition in funding proposals

If remission of tuition is not specifically prohibited by the guidelines of a funding source, resident tuition must be included as a fringe benefit in the budgets of all proposals that include graduate student stipends.

If remission of tuition is prohibited, the principal investigator (P.I.) on the grant proposal must complete a Tuition Support Cost-Share Request form and send it to the Tuition Support Program coordinator before the proposal is submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. Once the request has been approved, the Tuition Support Program coordinator will send word back to the P.I.