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5 Things to Know About Your Tuition Waiver

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To qualify for a tuition waiver during a Fall or Spring semester, you must be enrolled in five (5) or more credit hours and hold a graduate assistant (GTA or GRA) appointment of at least .50 FTE or twenty (20) hours per week for the entire semester.

Students with a Spring .50 GA appointment qualify for applicable Summer waivers when enrolled in Summer.

The Graduate College offers options for a student’s final semester of their current degree program:

Students with financial aid: 

  • The Graduate College may allow additional hours of tuition waiver to assist the student in meeting the minimum enrollment requirement for financial aid.
    • Example: If a student has 2 hours of tuition waiver remaining, the Graduate College may add 3 hours of tuition waiver in the student's final semester.
    • If a student needs to enroll in 5 hours to meet financial aid requirements in the current semester, the student should email gradgra@ou.edu with their name and student ID, indicating it is their final semester, and that they need to enroll in 5 hours to remain in the full-time student status.
Students without financial aid: 
 
  • If a student does not need financial aid in the final semester, they may enroll in less than 5 hours.
    • The student should email gradgra@ou.edu with their name, student ID and their intent to enroll in less than 5 hours and indicate that it is their final semester.
    • The Graduate College will report to the Office of Financial Aid any students who have self-identified the current semester as their final semester.
    • For these students, any applicable loan repayment clock will be delayed until the end of the semester.
    • International student GAs must have approval from ISS to enroll in less than 5 hours.

Full details about final semester enrollment requirements can be found on the Graduate College website Enrollment Requirements page.

The Graduate College must approve any appointment or combination of appointments that exceeds .50 FTE and results in working more than twenty (20) hours per week. Students who may exceed .50 FTE in a semester are responsible for requesting Graduate College approval before the start of the semester by submitting the Petition to Appoint a Graduate Assistant over 0.50 FTE.

Due to budgetary differences among colleges, your Graduate College tuition waiver cannot apply to the following:

  • University of Oklahoma Outreach courses and programs, including:
    • College of Professional and Continuing Studies (PACS)
    • College of Liberal Studies
    • Advanced Programs
    • College of Law courses and programs
  • OU Health Science Center professional degrees
  • Audited courses (auditing is attending a class without participating in classwork or receiving credit)

As a graduate assistant - a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) or graduate research assistant (GRA) - you may be eligible for a full waiver of the academic credit hours needed to complete your graduate degree.

  • The total number of hours remaining toward your degree cannot be fully determined until your program of study has been approved by the Graduate College (see number 4 below).
  • All credit completed after admission to the graduate degree program will be deducted from the available tuition waiver.
  • Transfer credit applied to the degree will be deducted from the available tuition waiver.
  • Graduate credit for which an unsatisfactory grade such as D, F or U was received will be deducted from the available tuition waiver in cases where the credit would have been applicable to the degree if a satisfactory grade had been received.
  • It may take up to three (3) weeks for the waiver to appear on your bursar statement. If you do not see the waiver after the 3rd week of the semester, please email gradgra@ou.edu and include your 9-digit OU student ID number (11X-XX-XXXX).

Please submit your program of study as noted below to ensure that you will continue to receive the correct amount of tuition waiver. After your program of study is approved, you will receive email notification from your Graduate College counselor. This email will also give instructions for how to make changes to your program of study, in case you need to do so.

Until your program of study has been approved, your tuition waiver will be limited as follows:

  • Students in a degree program requiring 36 or fewer hours will be limited to 20 hours waived.
  • Students in a degree program requiring more than 36 hours will be limited to 30 hours waived.
  • Students in a degree program requiring more than 45 hours will be limited to 45 hours waived.

For master's students, the program of study is the Program of Study. Visit this page to find the form for your degree program.

For doctoral students, the program of study is the Advisory Conference Report (ACR). Visit this page to find the form.

When completing the program of study, you are encouraged to list the minimum number of hours necessary to fulfill the degree requirements. Students who list hours beyond the minimum number required will incur tuition charges for the extra hours.

Before the start of your third semester of enrollment, you are required to attend a two-day Professional Ethics Training - Responsible Conduct of Research (PET-RCR) workshop.

  • The PET-RCR workshop requirement applies to all graduate research assistants and graduate teaching assistants who were admitted or readmitted to a degree-seeking program for the Fall 2010 term or later.
  • To sign up and see available training dates, visit this page.
  • Students who do not complete the PET-RCR workshop before the third semester of enrollment may continue to serve as graduate assistants but will not be eligible for a tuition waiver.
  • Cancellation Policy: Students must contact the Graduate College at least three full working days before the start of the first day’s training to cancel registration. Any student failing to contact the Graduate College before the cancellation deadline will have the $150 training fee applied to his/her Bursar account.

For Additional Tuition Waiver Information

Email gradgra@ou.edu and include your 9-digit OU student ID number (11X-XX-XXXX).

See the Graduate College Tuition Waivers web page.