Graduate assistants may be eligible to receive both a fee waiver scholarship and a stipend for living expenses.
NOTE: Current law prevents students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status from receiving scholarships or other types of financial assistance directly from University, state or federal sources. A DACA status student may apply for graduate assistantships, but if selected, would be eligible to receive only the stipend portion as long as the student retains a valid work permit. This means the DACA status student would not be awarded the tuition and fee waivers. The current law does not prevent DACA status students from receiving scholarships sponsored by outside agencies or organizations. Such students may want to search for scholarships.
About the fee waiver
The fee waiver will pay for graduate level courses that are part of your primary graduate program being pursued (i.e., on the program of study).
The waiver covers up to 15 hours in the fall or spring. 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. Students appointed on a graduate assistantship during the spring semester are eligible for a fee-waiver scholarship of up to 6 hours during the following summer term as long as minimum eligibility if maintained. This eligibility does not depend on having a summer graduate assistantship.
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 $285 per credit hour for any Internet-based instruction graduate level course. (Amounts may be higher for students who are not residents of Missouri.)
- Student services fees assessed for any graduate course enrollment.
The GA fee waiver scholarship will not pay for the following:
- The G.A. fee waiver scholarship does not pay for "differential fees" or other enrollment fees assessed for certain courses (regular or internet based instruction). The list of courses with these extra fees, and the detailed rate for tuition and fees, is available at: http://www.missouristate.edu/registrar/costs.htm
- Supplemental course fees assessed on any courses are not covered.
- 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.
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, or one addition course if only enrolled in a graduate certificate. 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.