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The Graduate Student Tuition Support Program (GSTSP) is designed to promote the recruitment and retention of high-quality graduate students.
A graduate student is eligible for a waiver of resident and non-resident tuition (if applicable) if they have an assistantship that meets the eligibility 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 being in good academic standing.

Graduate Student Tuition Support Program

For a student to receive financial support for tuition, the appointment must be:
  • In a qualifying title
  • At least quarter-time (0.25 FTE) in an academic department (if assistantship is in a non-academic program, it needs to be 0.50 FTE or combined with a 0.25 FTE in an academic department). Students with assistantships enrolled for the first time in Summer 2022 or later can be in a .25 assistantship ONLY if they have a second .25 assistantship or equivalent fellowship.
  • At or exceed the minimum stipend established in May/June for the next academic year

Tuition support is subject to time limitations.


Karen Gruen

GSTSP Coordinator

University of Missouri Graduate School
210 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

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.

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 with 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

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 and non-resident fees.

Not Covered

Incidental fees, including, but not limited to, information technology, activity, health, recreation center, or supplemental course fees.


Tuition support for Missouri resident tuition and non-resident fees will be provided for qualifying individuals from the Tuition Support Program except in cases where resident tuition is paid from other sources, such as grants and contracts.

Tuition support for non-resident fees will be provided to qualifying students, based on the eligibility criteria, who are supported by funded research, training grants or contracts.

Eligible Course Work

The tuition support applies only to courses applicable and relevant to the student’s degree program and approved by the student’s advisor.

The courses for which students receive support are checked after the add/drop period in a semester. If a course is determined to be ineligible, the Graduate Student Tuition Support 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.


Students should check with their departments to make sure the tuition support form has been sent to the tuition support coordinator and that the form has been processed before the first payment is due.

Students are responsible for incidental fees, such as student activity, student health, recreation facility and information technology fees, as well as college-specific supplemental course fees, unless another arrangement is made, such as the department covering these incidental fees. Students are charged a late payment fee if they do not make a payment by the due date. In addition, students are charged a 1 percent finance charge for any balance carried forward to the next month. Please note that students are responsible for making sure fees are paid and are charged a late payment fee if they do not make a payment by the due date. For more information, please check with the Office of Cashiers.


Program Specifics

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.

The Tuition Support Program Advisory committee put forth recommendations for policy clarifications for the academic year 1999-2000:

  • Professional students (law, medicine, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy) may be eligible under the Graduate Student Tuition Support Program only if seeking a dual degree in a professional program and a graduate program. Tuition is applied only to graduate program courses. Professional students may also be eligible under the tuition support program for their specific degree, should such a policy exist. Consult your professional school to inquire about such a policy.
  • Graduate students who are also benefit-eligible employees (at least 0.75 FTE) are not eligible for the tuition waiver program. See if you are eligible.
  • Programs considered non-degree-granting are required to submit justification forms and meet certain criteria to offer tuition waivers with their assistantships.
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