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Tuition Waiver Guidelines

Waivers of University tuition are provided for graduate students with assistantships and fellowships; for graduate students who are awarded merit waivers by their college, school, or academic program, and for eligible WVU and WVU Research Corporation employees. General guidelines and instructions for waivers are provided below and more specific information is provided in the descriptions of each type of waiver.


General guidelines for graduate tuition waivers:
  • Waivers cover University tuition only. Students are responsible for paying College tuition and University fees unless these costs are paid by another source.
  • Students may only receive waivers from one source for each term unless they are on a partial graduate assistantship, in which case they are allowed to receive merit waivers in addition to the 5 credits of waiver provided as part of their assistantship. Exceptions require permission from the Office of Graduate Education and Life.
  • Waivers cover the University tuition for coursework required by students' programs or approved by their advisors or programs.
  • Waivers can only be used for graduate/professional courses (400-level and above).
  • Some programs and courses restrict students’ use of graduate tuition waivers. These restrictions are described more fully in the section on Restrictions on Use of Waivers, and should be reviewed by students seeking graduate assistantships or merit, employee, or special program waivers as well as by units seeking to hire students as graduate assistants or granting merit, employee, or special program waivers.
Submitting tuition waiver forms

Waiver forms must be submitted for eligible students each term. Employee waiver forms must be initiated by the student employee who is requesting the waiver. Assistantship, fellowship, and merit waiver forms must be submitted by appropriate University staff members (not by students). See the information in the description of each type of waiver as well as the forms themselves for guidelines on who must complete, approve, and submit the form. To the extent possible, waiver forms should be submitted well ahead of the first student billing date for each academic term so that students will not be billed or assessed late fees for University tuition.

2020-2021 Tuition Waiver Deadlines

Fall 2020
  September 2        GTA waivers accepted until this time.
  September 23      GRA/GSA waivers accepted until this time.
  September 23      Merit waivers accepted until this time.
  September 23      Employee waivers accepted until this time.

Spring 2021
  February 2           GTA waivers accepted until this time.
  February 23         GRA/GSA waivers accepted until this time.
  February 23         Merit waivers accepted anytime.
  February 23         Employee waivers accepted anytime.