Graduate assistants or graduate students who receive certain university-wide fellowships will receive tuition support (formally referred to as “tuition remission”) as part of their financial package. Tuition remission is in the form of either tuition waivers or tuition payments from university funds.
Tuition support pays the resident tuition (“in-state” tuition); it does not include payment of local fees (health fee, athletic fee, etc.). However, certain programs will pay additional fees for their supported students. For nonresident students, see below. Tuition support is generally described in the student’s financial offer letter. Students should contact their program or department if they have questions about the tuition support that will be provided.
For students receiving tuition support based on their graduate assistantship(s), the level of tuition support is dependent on the level of assistantship support. To receive half tuition support, students are required to have a single assistantship assignment for a minimum of 10 hours per week during the period of the assignment. To receive full tuition support, students are required to have a single assistantship assignment for a minimum of 20 hours per week, or two assistantship assignments, each for a minimum of 10 hours per week during the period of the assignment.
Certain fellowships also provide tuition support. Students should review the letter offering the fellowship and the terms of the award to see if tuition support is included. Specific questions concerning the amount of tuition included with a given fellowship may be directed to the UCF College of Graduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition support for nonresident students:
For nonresident students, all university fellows who receive tuition support and qualifying graduate assistants will not be charged the nonresident fee (“out-of-state” tuition) or the nonresident financial aid fee. Peace Corps Fellows will not be charged the nonresident fee or nonresident financial aid fee for the duration of their graduate studies at UCF. Qualifying assistantships include a single appointment of at least 0.5 FTE ( 20 hours per week) or two appointments of at least 0.25 FTE (10 hours per week). It is important to note that this will only be in effect for the terms of the fellowship or the qualifying assistantship appointment(s).
Note: Students receiving tuition assistance from another source (UCF Employee Tuition Voucher, State Employee Tuition Voucher, etc.) may not also receive a UCF graduate tuition waiver.
Student drops or withdraws from a course but remains full-time. If a student drops or withdraws from a course for which tuition remission has been received but remains full-time enrolled, the tuition remission will be removed and the student must pay the tuition for that course. Holds will prevent the student from registering for classes, receiving transcripts, or receiving grade reports until the payment is received. However, if the student enrolls in a replacement course that is acceptable in the Program of Study, the tuition remission will cover the replacement course.
Student drops or withdraws from a course and becomes part-time. If a student drops or withdraws from a course for which tuition remission has been received and becomes part-time as a result, the tuition remission will be removed and the student must pay for tuition. Holds on student records will prevent students from registering for classes, receiving transcripts, or receiving grade reports until the payment is received. (In extreme cases, a student may request an exception to this policy.)
Student is dismissed or resigns from assistantship. Students with tuition remission who are dismissed from the university or resign from their graduate assistantship (GA, GTA, or GRA) at any point during the term will have their tuition remission removed and must pay for tuition.
Requesting Tuition Remission
Upon the recommendation of program and college offices, the UCF College of Graduate Studies assigns tuition waivers and facilitates tuition payments to qualifying graduate assistants. Students should discuss their tuition support needs with their Graduate Program Director.
Students with Positions in Nonacademic Units
Students may also be hired as a graduate assistant (GA or GRA) in a nonacademic office. Tuition remission for these appointments is in the form of tuition payments. Students should discuss their tuition support needs with their nonacademic office supervisor.
Contact the UCF College of Graduate Studies if you are unsure if the office is considered nonacademic.
Tuition Remission Posting
All tuition support will be posted to your student account through the Office of Student Accounts, based on instructions provided by the UCF College of Graduate Studies for graduate tuition waivers, or by the program, college or office for tuition payments. Upon enrollment in full-time hours, students receiving tuition support will have their tuition deferred for the amount of the award. Students are responsible for paying the remaining balance of tuition and fees by the Payment Deadline published in the UCF Academic Calendar.