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Graduate Assistant Tuition Benefits

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Eligibility

  • You must work at least 98 hours during the semester payroll dates to receive tuition benefits.
  • To hold a graduate assistantship, you must be registered for the minimum number of credits.

Note: Eligibility for a non-resident waiver requires you to work at least 195 hours during the semester payroll dates.


Maximum Tuition Benefits

Maximum tuition benefits for the 2014-2015 academic year are based on a 50% appointment during the official semester payroll dates.

Maximum tuition benefit per semester by classification
Classification
Maximum tuition benefit per semester
Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Administrative Fellow, Medical Fellow, Dental Fellow, Veterinary Resident-Graduate Program
$7,729.00
Advanced Masters or Ph.D. Candidate Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, or Administrative Fellow (based on one credit for graduate school rates)
$1,288.16
Legal Project Assistant with Benefits (Law School students only)
$19,596.00

Graduate School Tuition Rates

Advanced Masters/Ph.D Candidate Classification Series

  • Administrative Fellow - 9532, 9533
  • Graduate Instructor - 9517
  • Research Assistant - 9528, 9529
  • Research Project Assistant - 9527
  • Teaching Assistant - 9518, 9519

Tuition benefits only pay for one graduate school credit. If you register for more than one credit, you will be responsible for tuition over one credit.


Calculating Benefits

To calculate the amount of tuition benefit you should receive:

  1. Multiply your appointment percentage by two
  2. Multiply this number by the maximum tuition benefit for your specific classification (see table above)
Calculating Benefits Example
Appointment percentage
25%
 
x   2
Tuition benefit percentage
50%

 

Maximum tuition benefit
$7,729.00
Tuition benefit percentage
x     50%
Tuition benefit received
$3,864.50

Tuition benefits for Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, Administrative Fellows, Medical Fellows, Dental Fellow classifications (Medical Fellows must work 100% to receive 100% tuition benefit)
Appointment Percentage
Benefit
Tuition
12.5%
25%
$1,932.25
25%
50%
$3,864.50
33%
66%
$5,101.14
50%
100%
$7,729.00
Tuition benefits for Advanced Masters and Ph.D. Candidate Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Administrative Fellow classifications
Appointment PercentageBenefitTuition
12.5%
25%
$322.04
25%
50%
$644.08
33%
66%
$850.19
50%
100%
$1,288.16
Tuition benefits for Legal Project Assistant with Benefits classifications
Appointment Percentage
Benefit
Tuition
12.5%
25%
$4,899.00
25%
50%
$9,798.00
33%
66%
$12,933.04
50%
100%
$19,596.00

Flexible Hourly Appointment Benefits

A flexible hourly appointment provides a tuition benefit at the start of the semester. Your department will provide the GAE with an estimate of the number of hours you will work during the semester.

This type of appointment can be beneficial to you if you work the number of estimated hours or more during the semester; however, if you work less than the estimated hours (even by one hour), or do not work the minimum requirement of 98 hours per semester, you will lose all or a portion of your tuition benefit. You will be responsible for repaying the unearned portion of tuition benefits you receive. In addition, you could lose your non-resident waiver if you work below the number of hours that your department first estimated. If more hours are worked than originally reported, the GAE office will increase the tuition benefit, if applicable.

The GAE office will notify you of expectations, hours of your appointment, and any changes of hours worked at the start and end of each semester.


Prorated Tuition Benefits

Appointments beginning after or ending before the official payroll semester appointment dates

Tuition benefits are prorated for appointments of at least 98 hours that begin after or end before the official payroll semester appointment dates. Any remaining tuition cost(s) will be billed to you, at non-resident rates if applicable. If the prorated appointment average falls below the 98 hour minimum eligibility requirement, 100% of the tuition benefit will be billed to you, at non-resident rates if applicable.

Appointments ending due to graduation

If your appointment ends early because of graduation, please contact the Graduate Assistant Employment office.


Making Sure Your Tuition Is Paid

Your tuition benefit only covers tuition depending upon your appointment percentage and the number of registered credits.

Tuition benefits do not pay for other charges, such as lab fees, student service fees, installment fees, late charges, or late registration fees, which are assessed by Student Accounts Receivable and charged to your account. You are responsible for payment of such charges not covered by your tuition benefit.

You must make sure that your tuition is paid by the payment due date. If tuition benefits are not reflected on your billing statement, do not ignore your billing statement. Tuition benefits and non-resident waivers will post to Student Accounts after each semester begins, once appointment information is updated by the hiring department. Check your billing statements carefully to ensure your tuition benefits are properly credited. If you do nothing, you may be assessed non-refundable late fees.

If you receive a bill that you believe is incorrect, immediately contact your employing department and/or Graduate Assistant Services to resolve the problem.