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Graduate Student Tuition Support Program Eligibility

Graduate students must meet established criteria to be considered for the Graduate Tuition Support Program.

Eligibility

  • Qualifying Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships — 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

May be Eligible

  • Professional Students — A professional student (e.g., 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 Assistantships

  • 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. If a student holds a .25 FTE from a qualifying non-degree granting unit, they must also hold at least a .25 FTE from their graduate degree granting program
  • Must have a qualifying job title
  • Must maintain good academic standing, as determined by the student’s academic home
  • New students must have been admitted based admission criteria developed by the academic degree-granting home of the student and on standards established by the Graduate Faculty Senate and the Office of Graduate Studies

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 admission criteria developed by the academic degree-granting home of the student and on standards established by the Graduate Faculty Senate and the Office of Graduate Studies

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

Support only applies to courses applicable and relevant to the student’s degree program and to courses approved by the student’s advisor.

The courses for which students receive support are checked by the Office of Graduate Studies 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.

Qualifying Titles for Graduate Assistantships and Fellows

Holding one of the titles below qualifies a graduate student for both that Graduate Tuition Support Program and a student medical insurance subsidy:

  • 4717 Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • 4715 Graduate Research Assistant
  • 4685 Graduate Instructor
  • 4690 Graduate Library Assistant
  • 4680 Graduate Fellow

Expectations

Departments’ expectations for their graduate students vary. Generally, a student who holds any of the above qualifying titles should expect to complete a particular task, such as teaching a class or running an experiment, to gain relevant career experience and to develop a relationship with a mentor for the overall pursuit of their academic degree.

  • A quarter-time appointment requires an average of 10 hours per week dedicated to the assistantship responsibilities.
  • A half-time appointment requires an average of 20 hours per week dedicated to the assistantship responsibilities.

Enrollment requirements are determined by individual departments.

Graduate Assistantships

Examples of Teaching Assistantship Tasks:

  • Teach one to two 3-hour classes during a semester.
  • Teach one to two 5-hour language classes during a semester.
  • Lead one to five discussion or laboratory sections of a course during a semester.
  • Proctor and grade large lecture exams.
  • Prepare and grade laboratory exams.

Examples of Research Assistantship Tasks:

  • Assist faculty with research activities that vary from providing assistance with proposal development through participating in preparation of research reports and manuscripts for refereed journals.
  • Help students and faculty use microscopes, computers, and other lab equipment.
  • Help solve assigned research and class problems.
  • Possibly teach one class or some lab sections.

Examples of Library Assistantship Tasks:

  • Keep the library open and staffed to assist users.
  • Catalog new acquisitions.
  • Check out assigned readings.

Examples of Graduate Fellow Tasks:

  • Responsibilities are determined by departments and are based on specific arrangements made on an individual basis.