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The Graduate Student Tuition Support Program, formerly called the waiver program, is designed to promote the recruitment and retention of high-quality graduate students. This program, housed in the Graduate School through the recommendation of the Provost's Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Student Support Policy, began with the summer 1998 session.

Advisory committee

An advisory committee to the dean of the Graduate School, formed in 1998, is composed of the executive committee of the Graduate Faculty Senate, with input from the directors of graduate studies and members of graduate student leadership organizations.

Committee responsibilities

  • Provide general oversight of the policies, support systems and infrastructure related to campus efforts to enhance the quality of graduate education.
  • Provide a forum for hearing issues/concerns related to the implementation of the Support Program.
  • Recommend revisions to the Tuition Support Program.
  • Review and approve department/program plans to enhance the quality of graduate programs.
  • Provide annual assessment of the improvement of our graduate students and the overall effectiveness of graduate student support funding.

Changes to the program

The Tuition Support Program is a dynamic process. As the program continues to be developed and refined, changes will continue to be made to the policy and regulations. The university reserves the right to make changes to this policy at any time, without notice to the students. Nothing contained in this policy is to be construed as an offer to contract.

The Tuition Support Program Advisory committee put forth recommendations for policy clarifications for the academic year 1999-2000:

  1. Beginning fiscal year 1999, the Tuition Support Program no longer covers fees for students in professional programs (law, medicine and veterinary medicine).
  2. Beginning fiscal year 1999, the Tuition Support Program no longer provides either partial or full support for benefit-eligible (at least .75 FTE) employees of the university. Once an employee becomes benefit-eligible, he or she should apply for educational assistance, which pays 75 percent of tuition.
  3. Every year, non-degree-granting programs/departments must submit proposals, which must be recommended for approval by the Tuition Support Program advisory committee and approved by the graduate dean in order to receive Tuition Support Program tuition support for the graduate research assistants and graduate teaching assistants they hire.
  4. The amount of support the Tuition Support Program provides can be broken down as follows:
    • The Tuition Support Program will ultimately support a student for up to two degrees or seven years (14 semesters), whichever comes first. Of those two degrees, only one can be a master's degree. In the specific case of a student working toward a doctorate with a master's degree en route, the student can petition for support for an additional year he or she might need to complete both his or her degrees.
    • A dual master's degree will count as only one degree if both degrees are completed within a three-year period.
    • Students working on a master's degree have three years or six semesters of support. Students are limited to three years or six semesters for all master's work.
    • Students working on a doctoral degree have five years or 10 semesters of support.
    • Summer sessions are not considered in the total semesters of support.