A full waiver of
University tuition (but not College tuition or University fees) is
provided to any student who is hired as a regular (20 hours per
week) graduate assistant (including research, teaching, service, and
residence hall assistants). A partial waiver (5 credits) is provided to
any student who is hired as a partial (10 hours per week) graduate
assistant. Graduate assistantships must always include this waiver. A
student may not be hired as a graduate assistant without the waiver
being applied to his or her account through the Office of Student
Accounts. Graduate students who are hired as student (hourly) workers
may not receive a tuition waiver as part of their employment.
restrictions described below apply, full or partial waivers of
University tuition also may be granted to selected graduate or
professional students by their programs (merit waivers), by the Office
of International Students and Scholars (special program merit waivers),
or by the Office of Graduate Education and Life (special program merit
waivers or employee waivers).
professional programs that restrict students’ use of University tuition
waivers must 1) convey this information to potential applicants to the
program so that applicants are aware that they may not be allowed to
seek graduate assistantships, merit waivers, or employee waivers to
defray the costs of their program, and 2) regularly inform students
admitted to the program of restrictions on their ability to seek and
obtain graduate assistantships, merit waivers, or employee waivers.
If only some
students in a program are to be allowed to seek assistantships or
waivers, the procedures for obtaining program permission must be clearly
conveyed to students. If a student in one of the programs listed below
is given permission to apply for an assistantship or waiver from a unit
other than their own program, this permission must be conveyed in
writing to the hiring unit (for an assistantship) or the waiver granting
unit (for merit and employee waivers).
Hiring units and
waiver granting units (other than a student’s own program) must receive
written permission from a student’s program before considering a student
for a graduate assistantship or waiver if the student is in one of the
programs listed below. Because other programs may at times place
restrictions on students’ ability to obtain assistantships or waivers,
it is good practice for hiring or waiver granting units to ask students
from other programs to confirm that their program will allow them to
have their University tuition waived prior to accepting an application
for an assistantship from the student.
Graduate and professional programs that restrict students’ use of University tuition waivers:
Health Sciences programs (including Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health).
Some Extended Learning programs and courses. Note that the
Integrated Marketing Communications program no longer restricts
students’ use of waivers.
Programs That Restrict Students from Obtaining Graduate Assistantships:
- Teacher Education programs (Students who are in their student teaching semester are restricted from ALL graduate and resident assistantships during the semester in which they complete their practical experience. Student teaching is a full-time commitment.)