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About the Fee Waiver and Stipend

Graduate assistants are eligible to receive both a fee waiver scholarship and a stipend for living expenses.

About the fee waiver

The fee waiver will pay for graduate level courses that are part of your Advisor Approved Program of Study.

Waiver hours

The waiver covers up to 15 hours in the fall or spring and six hours in the summer. Graduate credit hours taken in the intersession prior to the start of a semester are part of the allowable fee waiver limits of that semester.

For half GAs, waiver hours are not to exceed six in the fall or spring and three hours in the summer.

What the waiver covers

The GA fee waiver scholarship will pay for the following:

  • The minimum per credit hour basic tuition fee of any regular instruction graduate level course or up to $275 per credit hour for any Internet-based instruction graduate level course.
  • Student services fees assessed for any graduate course enrollment.

The GA fee waiver scholarship will not pay for the following:

  • The $25 College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) differential fee assessed for any enrollment, whether regular instruction or Internet-based instruction, in the courses in the specified in the 2012-13 Detailed Costs and Fees Schedule.
  • The CHHS differential will appear on your student statement as a separate Additional GR Tuition charge.
  • The $32 per credit hour College of Business (COB) Other Enrollment Fee assessed for any enrollment, whether regular instruction or Internet-based instruction, in the courses in the specified in the 2012-13 Detailed Costs and Fees Schedule.  This fee will be reflected on your student statement as COB-Grad Crse Enroll Fee charge.
  • Supplemental course fees assessed on any course.
  • Student health insurance, books or other miscellaneous fees.
  • Undergraduate course work unless it is a special case approved by the associate dean of the Graduate College.

Waiver details

The maximum number of graduate credits allowable with fee waiver scholarship assistance will not exceed 10 percent beyond the minimum credit hour requirements of your degree program. Upon review, courses which do not meet this guideline will result in loss of the fee waiver benefit for such courses or possible future eligibility.

About the stipend

The graduate assistantship provides a stipend either by semester or by academic year:

Length of assistantshipStipend
Semester Minimum of $4,225
Academic year (nine months) Minimum of $8,450

In a few situations, a stipend of $5,064 per semester or $10,128 per academic year may be awarded. Departments and offices can adjust the stipend level and may offer stipends above these amounts as long as the number of assistantships remains at or above the previous year’s totals, and the stipend is being funded by a grant.

Summer stipends

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available during the summer session. A graduate assistant appointed for the 2015 summer session will receive a stipend of either $2,113 or $2,570.

Summer graduate assistants are required to complete a minimum of three hours of graduate course work during the summer session.

Eligibility for fee waiver

Your appointment PAF must be received by the Graduate College by the below dates to be eligible:

  • September 15 for the fall semester
  • February 15 for the spring semester