A graduate student is eligible for a scholarship for/waiver of resident and non-resident tuition (if applicable) if they have an assistantship and/or fellowship that meets the requirements of FTE (hours dedicated for the assistantship per week), stipend level, and title. The student must meet academic requirements of being enrolled in a graduate degree-seeking program, and in good academic standing.
Graduate Student Tuition Support Program
For a student to receive financial support for tuition, the appointment must be:
- In a .50 FTE qualifying assistantship or hold a University-recognized eligible fellowship.
- Fellowship stipend amount must equal at least a quarter-time (.25 FTE, or 10 hours per week) assistantship. Students with fellowships enrolled for the first time in Summer 2022 or later can be in a .25 fellowship ONLY if they have a second .25 assistantship or equivalent fellowship.
- New students must have been admitted based admission criteria developed by the academic degree-granting home of the student and on standards established by the Graduate Faculty Senate and the Graduate School.
- In good academic standing, as determined by the student’s academic home and University policy
- At or exceed the minimum stipend established in May/June for the next academic year. Please note that the stipend level alone, especially for master’s students paid at the minimum stipend, may not be sufficient to cover the estimated expenses for international students. The student must be able to demonstrate they have adequate funds to cover the balance or the department needs to increase the stipend.
Those not eligible include:
- Benefit-Eligible University of Missouri Employees (including all System universities and UM Health System) — Benefit-eligible employees are not eligible for the tuition support. However, if they are new employees in a position related to their academic program, in their probationary period (first 6 months of employment), and not yet eligible for educational assistance, they may qualify for graduate student tuition support.
- Non-degree Graduate Students — A student must be in a degree-seeking program (master’s, doctoral, educational specialist) and hold a qualifying assistantship or fellowship.
Those who may be eligible include:
- Professional Students — A professional student (e.g., law, medicine, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy) may be eligible only if seeking a dual degree in a professional program and a graduate program. Tuition is applied only to graduate program courses.
Full-Semester Assistantships and Fellowships
A student must hold the assistantship or fellowship for the entire semester to receive a full tuition waiver. A student who holds an assistantship or fellowship for a portion of the semester may be eligible for a pro-rated tuition waiver.
Eligible Course Work
Support only applies to courses applicable and relevant to the student’s degree program and to courses approved by the student’s advisor.
The courses for which students receive support are checked by the Graduate School after the add/drop period in a semester. If a course is determined to be ineligible, the Tuition Support Program coordinator will remove the support associated with the ineligible course, and the student will be responsible for the tuition and fees associated with that course.
No Plan of Study Required
A student’s tuition waiver is applied only to courses relevant to the student’s degree program. Plans of study are not required for use in the eligibility process.
Tuition support is subject to time limitations.
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Note: Summer semesters not included. The overall limits are two degrees or seven years (eight, for the last scenario), whichever comes first. For all master’s work, the student is limited to three years, or six semesters, of support.Tuition Support Process for Academic and Non-Academic Units
Summer Tuition Support
A student who had a tuition waiver for the fall and spring semesters will receive a waiver for the following summer automatically.
A student without support in past two consecutive semesters may be eligible for summer tuition support if the department completes a Tuition Support Program form to include summer support and the student:
- Has a qualifying assistantship or fellowship for the entire summer session.
- Has support for the preceding spring semester and the student has a qualifying assistantship or fellowship committed for the following fall semester.
- Is starting a program in the summer semester and has a qualifying assistantship or fellowship committed for both the following fall and spring semesters.
Tuition Support Program
Coverage & Billing
Tuition Support Program Coverage
Beginning in Fall 2023, to receive full tuition support, students must have a .50 FTE assistantship, two .25 assistantships, or a .25 assistantship and qualified University fellowship. The tuition support pays only up to the grad student rate for eligible courses. Courses with a higher tuition rate are covered up to the graduate rate, and the student or the student’s department is responsible for the difference.
- Resident tuition
- Non-resident fees
- Incidental fees, including, but not limited to, information technology, activity, health, recreation center, or supplemental course fees.
The Tuition Support Program is a dynamic process. As the program continues to be developed and refined, changes will continue to be made to the policy and regulations.
The University reserves the right to make changes to this policy at any time, without notice to the students. Nothing contained in this policy is to be construed as an offer to contract.