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Graduate Assistantship Waivers

Students that hold a graduate assistantship position may be eligible for an in-state and/or out-of-state tuition waiver. Most graduate programs have a limited number of Graduate Assistantships that include out-of-state, partial in-state, and/or full in-state tuition waivers.


To be eligible for the waiver(s), students must meet the all of the requirements for each waiver:

  • In-state tuition waiver (awarded to select graduate students; not all positions are eligible)
    • Be an active degree-seeking graduate student
    • Hired at a minimum of 10 hours per week as a graduate assistant, graduate teaching assistant, or graduate research assistant 
    • Position must meet minimum stipend requirements
  • Out-of-state tuition waiver
    • Be an active degree-seeking graduate student
    • Be classified as an out-of-state resident for tuition purposes
    • Hired at a minimum of 10 hours per week as a graduate assistant, distance learning coach graduate assistant, graduate teaching assistant, or graduate research assistant

Important Waiver Information

  • Waiver is only applied towards graduate level tuition
  • ​​​​​​​Fees* are not covered
    • *Portion of the out-of-state financial aid fee is covered with an out-of-state waiver
  • Students are liable for tuition not covered by the waiver(s), and fees
  • In-state tuition waiver is determined from the position hours and is pro-rated based on enrollment of up to nine (9) graduate credit hours
  • Waiver is only good for the semesters during which the student is employed
  • Eligibility requirements must be maintained throughout the semester
  • If the position is terminated or the student withdraws from courses before the final deadline to withdraw from the term in which the position is held, the waiver will be adjusted accordingly. This may result in an outstanding balance being owed. Refer to the Academic Calendar for the final withdrawal deadline.
  • Student's are required to contact us if enrollment changes after the date the waiver was applied

Waiver Processing

Waivers are processed when the electronic Personnel Action Form (ePAF) is received and approved by the Graduate School. An email notice is sent to the student when the waiver is processed. It takes 1-3 business days for the waiver to credit to the student bill. Students who are expecting a waiver should consider a payment plan if it has not posted within 3-5 business days of the payment deadline.

Each college's Dean's Office will notify the Graduate School which students are in-state tuition waiver eligible. Please speak with your hiring department if you have questions regarding your in-state tuition waiver eligibility.

Out-of-state tuition waiver does not require college notification and will be applied to all students that meet the above eligibility requirements.