Amount of Scholarship
Most full assistantships include tuition scholarships to pay for nine credits in fall and nine credits in spring. Tuition credits are prorated for partial assistantships. Those awarded tuition scholarships that differ from this will be notified in their award letters. The dollar value of the scholarship is stated in the offer letter. Awards will not pay for more than the scholarship amounts in the offer. Students must pay for all charges taken that exceed the dollar amounts of their scholarships and for tuition/fees related to courses that are not covered by scholarships.
An exception is made for the Graduate School Student Fee. Assistantships that are funded by the Graduate School, and that are offered prior to the close of late registration, qualify for an additional scholarship to pay the fee (100%, or $100, for 20-hour assistantships and 50%, or $50, for assistantships between ten and twenty hours). The Graduate School does not provide student fee scholarships for assistantships that are funded by faculty grants or by other departments. The Office of the Bursar distributes 1098-T Tuition Statement forms to all students who receive tuition scholarships from the university to use when filing their taxes.
Distribution of Scholarship Credits in Fall, Spring, Summer Terms
Award letters itemize the amounts of scholarships that are specifically allotted to fall, spring, and summer terms. Students can request a different allocation between fall, spring, and summer terms by contacting the Graduate School.
Unused scholarship money from one term is not automatically carried forward to following terms. Students should contact the Graduate School to request the transfer of scholarship money from one term to another. Award money cannot be transferred from one aid year to another. Each aid year begins with the fall term and includes the following spring and summer terms.
Scholarships may only be used to pay for valid courses that are directly related to students’ degrees. Scholarships will not pay for more than 6 thesis or 12 dissertation credits.
Valid courses include: Graduate-level courses numbered 5000 and above that count toward a graduate degree.
Invalid courses include: Audited courses, undergraduate-level courses taken for undergraduate credit including prerequisites or deficiency courses, and courses taken for personal development within or outside of the discipline that will not count toward students’ degrees and that have not been approved for scholarship coverage by both the department and the Graduate School in writing.
Disbursement of Scholarships
Initially tuition scholarships appear as anticipated payments on students’ financial aid records, then are applied to Bursar accounts about one week before classes start. Tuition scholarships are then disbursed to Bursar accounts weekly each Friday.