Graduate students who receive a teaching or research assistantship (TA ,GPTI, GA, RA) appointment through their departments (processing instructions for departments) are eligible for the tuition remission benefit for credit courses (only). Undergraduates are not eligible. The amount of the waiver is based on your contract (see below). RA, TA, and GPTI appointments typically pay for a portion of or all of your tuition, however, you are still responsible for paying mandatory fees each semester. You have the option to enroll in a payment plan each semester to pay fees over the course of that semester. If you have questions, please check with your department.
Tuition Remission Table
|Hours employed per week||Tuition remission||Appointment|
|6||3 credit hours||15%|
|8||4 credit hours||20%|
|10||5 credit hours||25%|
|12||6 credit hours||30%|
|14||7 credit hours||35%|
|16||8 credit hours||40%|
|18||9-18 credit hours||45%|
|20||9-18 credit hours||50%|
In addition to the tuition remission, you receive $1,705 per semester ($3,411 per academic year) towards the cost of the Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) for fall and spring. There is no health insurance benefit for summer appointments but if you have the SHIP coverage for the spring, you are covered through the following summer. Check with your department if you have questions.
RA/TA Health Plan Table
|Health plan per semester||Plan cost||Benefit||Your cost|
|Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)||$1,847||$1,705||$169|
Graduate students enrolled in one credit hour or more are charged automatically for the NEW Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). If you choose to waive the health plan, you will need to provide proof of your health insurance coverage (policy number, group number, effective date of plan coverage, etc.). The NEW BuffCare Supplement is available to help cover out-of-pocket expenses for students with private health insurance coverage. See Health Insurance Requirement for more information. Students with less than 20 percent appointment or who waive the SHIP are not eligible to receive the insurance benefit.
In the fall, graduate students who have RA or TA appointments are allowed to pay the bill by the second due date of the semester (October 5) without incurring late and finance charges or registration holds. Fees will appear on the first bill of the semester but can be paid by October 5.
If spring is your first term, you can pay the bill by the second due date (March 5) without incurring late and finance charges. If you are a graduate student on appointment and you feel you were not given this opportunity, please contact the Bursar’s Office at email@example.com. See billing and due dates for more information.
You are responsible for paying your portion of the bill by the due date, even if your department has not entered its payment. Late and finance charges will be assessed if payments are not received on time. See Paying Late for more information.
Retroactive changes to any prior semester record can result in additional charges to your account. The Bursar’s Office is unable to bill a department for a retroactive change of record, even if you had an RA/TA appointment for that term. If a department wishes to pay for any additional tuition added to your account, they need to contact Gina Langfield in the Provost’s Office at 303-492-8824, who will then notify the Bursar’s Office. Please check with the Bursar’s Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions regarding the financial consequences of retroactively adding, dropping or expunging credit hours.