Offices that have been allocated merit waivers must complete forms for students according to the college or school in which the student is enrolled.
The following guidelines are followed when awarding merit waivers:
- Merit waivers must be awarded only to students who have been admitted to a degree program and who are in good standing in their program.
- Academic programs may only award waivers to their own students. Exceptions require permission from the Office of Graduate Education and Life.
- Merit waivers generally should be used only to meet students’ degree requirements.
- Merit waivers can only be used for graduate/professional courses (400-level and above).
- Some programs and courses restrict the use of waivers. Students are responsible for determining if waivers can be used for particular programs or courses (see Restrictions on Graduate Tuition Waivers).
- Programs are discouraged from providing merit waivers to full-time students for more than 3 years for master’s degrees and 5 years for doctoral degrees.
- Merit waiver awards can range from 1 to 9 hours (full-time) in the fall and spring terms and from 1 to 6 hours (full-time) in the summer term. University tuition is also waived for hours taken above the full-time limit if a full-time award is made.
- Students may register for more hours than their merit waiver award. They will be invoiced for the additional hours unless they have been granted a full-time waiver.
- Follow the link to the Graduate Merit Tuition Waiver Request Form (graduate program staff only).