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

Tuition remission is based on appointment percentage as follows:

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%
Health Insurance $169-$225 per semester

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
BuffCare Supplement $225 $0 $225

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.


Financial Obligation: Mandatory Student Fees $771-$866 per semester

You will be charged mandatory fees on a per-semester basis ranging from $776 to $882, depending on your graduate status and the number of credit hours in which you are enrolled. See the Fee Descriptions page for information about each fee.

  • Arts and Cultural Enrichment Fee $10
  • Capital Construction Fee $61.30–$122.60
  • Career Services Fee $12 (fall & spring only)
  • Immigration Compliance Fee (international students only) $40
  • Mental Health Resource Fee $67.86
  • New Student Fee (one-time fee):
    • New graduate student or graduate transfer $62
    • New international graduate student or international transfer $145
  • Recreation Center Expansion Fee $85.27-$106.96
  • Student Activity Fee $276.31
    What makes up the student activity fee? Visit CUSG.
  • Student Bus and Bike Programs $93.42
  • Student Computing Fee $33.62–$67.24
  • Student Health Fee $94.27
  • Student Information System Fee $7
  • United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) Grad Fee $7.50
When is my payment due?


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 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.

Change of Records & Additional Charges

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 ( if you have any questions regarding the financial consequences of retroactively adding, dropping or expunging credit hours.