Tuition Waivers and Payments

To qualify for a non-resident tuition waiver, you must:

  • be enrolled in 9 semester hours in each fall and spring semester (see the chart below for summer sessions);
  • submit your tuition waiver request form to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies before the 12th class day of the regular fall/spring semester and the 4th class day of the summer semester.
  • be working in obtained positions by the 12th class day of the regular fall/spring semester and the 4th class day of the summer semester. A paper copy of the payroll action document verifying employment in an eligible title code is required to be submitted with all late and summer tuition payment and tuition waiver requests. If available, a copy of the payroll action document can be submitted for fall and spring tuition payment and tuition waiver requests to expedite processing.
  • not already have a full-course waiver that does not meet requirements for a non-resident tuition waiver.
  • Spouses and dependents of eligible graduate assistants also qualify for resident tuition. For Spouse/Dependent waivers, student must provide proof of legal marriage/dependency. Click here to fill out the Spouse Waiver Form
NOTE: All waivers for students enrolled at the HSC must be submitted to OGAPS for approval. 
 
Summer Tuition Payment Calculation Grid/Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Grid
Enrollment Paid Tuit Hrs Employment
    SSI   SSII
10-Week Only - 6 hours 6 X AND X
SSI & SSII - 6hrs 6 X AND X
SSI Only - 6 hours 6 X AND X
SSII Only - 6 hours 6 X AND X
10wk, SSI, SSII - 6 hours 6 X AND X
SSI & 10-Week - 6 hours 6 X AND X
SSII & 10-Week - 6 hours 6 X AND X
10-Week Only - 3 hours 3 X OR X
SSI & SSII - 3 hours 3 X OR X
SSI Only - 3 hours 3 X OR X
SSII Only - 3 hours 3 X OR X
10wk, SSI, SSII - 3 hours 3 X OR X
SSI & 10-Week - 3 hours 3 X OR X
SSII & 10-Week - 3 hours 3 X OR X
 

Frequently Asked Questions for the University Tuition Payment Plan

Payment of Tuition for Graduate Assistants

Update 6/2012

In continuing efforts to attract and retain the best graduate students and address the fiscal challenges of the university, the university worked tirelessly to develop a revised plan for graduate student tuition. In 2005 a decision was made to pay resident tuition for all graduate assistants, but due to a large reduction in funding for tuition payments, a revision to the tuition payment plan was necessary. This revised plan was implemented in Fall 2011 (FY12).

a.   Resident tuition will be paid from university funds for up to 5 years (for students admitted without a master’s degree) and 4 years (for students admitted with a masters’s degree) for doctoral GATs (graduate teaching assistants), GARs (graduate research assistants), and GANTs supporting teaching (graduate assistant non-teaching), who are employed by academic departments. Resident tuition for doctoral graduate assistants funded by external grants and contracts will be paid from those grants and contracts. Differential tuition impacts undergraduate students only. The payment of resident tuition for doctoral graduate assistants not included in the categories above and master’s graduate assistants will be determined by the employing unit or faculty on a student by student basis.

b.   All or a portion of resident tuition for a select number of master’s students in GAT, GAR, or GANT positions will be paid from university funds at the discretion of the departments and colleges. Each college will establish and publish their respective policies for selecting the master’s students who receive tuition payments. For master’s graduate assistants funded by external grants and contracts, the employing faculty will determine on a student by student basis if the tuition payment benefit is paid.

c.   Payment of resident tuition for graduate assistants funded by non-college academic units will be determined by the employing unit on a student-by-student basis.

The tuition payment program changes do not affect any current out-of-state tuition waiver processes, procedures or guidelines. Two of the most common out-of-state tuition waivers are: (1)  "competitive" scholarships/fellowships of at least $1,000 and (2) graduate assistantships, and are based on eligibility according to each waiver’s guidelines as outlined by the University. Click here for more information regarding tuition waivers.

It depends, if you hold one of the TAMU fellowships such as Diversity, Graduate Merit, Pathways to the Doctorate, Dissertation or the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). See the guidelines of the specific fellowship or contact OGAPS at OGS-fellowship-admin@tamu.edu. If you hold a departmental fellowship, please contact the awarding department for clarification.

It depends, all or a portion of resident tuition for a select number of master's students in GAT, GAR or GANT positions will be paid from university funds at the discretion of the departments and colleges. Each college will establish and publish their respective policies for selecting the master's students who receive tuition payments. For master's graduate assistants funded by external grants and contracts, the employing faculty will determine on a student-by-student basis if the tuition payment benefit is paid.

Yes, doctoral graduate students who were admitted into their doctoral program prior to Fall 2011 will be grandfathered according to the following limits through FY15.

FY 13 (Fall 2012-Summer 2013) - Doctoral students who were admitted to their program prior to Fall 2011 will have their tuition paid according to the FY12 guidelines.

FY14 (Fall 2013-Summer 2014) - Doctoral students who were admitted to their program prior to Fall 2011 and have been in their doctoral program for 7 years or less will have their tuition paid according to the FY12 guidelines.

FY15 (Fall 2014-Summer 2015) - Doctoral students who were admitted to their program prior to Fall 2011 and have been in their doctoral program for 6 years or less will have their tuition paid according to FY12 guidelines.

Exceptions to the time limits above:  Doctoral students in programs that have been granted programmatic exemptions to the “Doctoral Hour Cap” will be granted a one-year extension beyond the time limits stated above.   Further extensions for doctoral graduate assistants in these programs will be reviewed case-by-case.  These programs include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • School Psychology
  • Genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Nutrition
  • College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science (all programs)

Doctoral students who are on a formal leave of absence approved by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (e.g. medical, family, research, field, etc.) will receive an extension to the time limit equivalent to the amount of time of their leave.  Submit special requests to the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies through the department graduate advisor for review on a case-by-case basis.