Proposed Changes to Tuition Fellowship Program

This is an unofficial guide to the changes being proposed to the Tuition Fellowship Program for graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants, written by GSC President Steven Clontz. Comments in italics have been added by the GSC President to contrast the proposal with how the current system works. (For more information on the current program, please see this link.)

Proposed Changes to Tuition Fellowship Program

  • 0.25 FTE and higher graduate assistants will continue to be classified as in-state residents for the purposes of determining tuition charges. (no change)
  • University funded in-state tuition support will be limited to 110% of the number of hours required for a graduate degree.
    • This tuition support will provided for only one masters level degree and one doctoral level degree for any graduate student.
    • (Significant changes. Current masters students receive 10 waived hours in addition to whatever hours are required for their degree, and current doctoral students receive 20 waived hours in addition to whatever hours are required for their degree, but these do not stack.)
    • (Examples:) 
      • (Current students in a 30-hour masters program receive 40 waived hours, and future students in a 30-hour masters program would only have 33 waived hours.)
      • (Current students in a 60-hour doctoral program receive 80 waived hours, and future students in a 60-hour doctoral program would only have 66 waived hours.)
      • (However, current students who move on to a 60-hour doctoral program after finishing a 30-hour masters program receive 80 total waived hours between both degrees, but future students who do so could receive the cumulative 99 total waived hours.)
  • University funded full tuition support will only be provided to graduate assistants receiving a 0.33 or higher FTE assistantship for each semester during the academic year. (This applies to fall and spring semesters, not summer semester. No change for such graduate assistants.)
    • Those with 0.25-0.32 FTE assistantships will receive 50% tuition support. (This has been changed from the current 100% tutition support for 0.25+ FTE grad assistants.)
    • Those with <0.25% FTE will not be provided tuition support. (no change)
  • University funded full tuition support will be provided to graduate assistants receiving a 0.25 or higher FTE assistantship during the summer semester. (no change)
  • The above policy applies to all graduate assistants whose appointments begin Fall 2012 or later. For graduate assistants appointed before Fall 2012, the current policies will continue for the tuition fellowship support provided to them through the end of the their degree program. (emphasis added)
    • (It is ambiguous whether a current student could elect to have this policy applied to them if it is in their favor.)
  • This policy will be reviewed in two years and appropriate changes considered to address concerns that are identified.

Any comments may be sent to the GSC President at gsc@auburn.edu. All such comments will be forwarded to Dr. George Flowers, Dean of the Graduate School.

 

Created On: Sep 28, 2011

Last Updated: May 06, 2013

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