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Tuition Award Guidelines

The Graduate School provides a tuition award to graduate fellowship recipients who are paid from University and Dean’s Fellowship funds, Graduate School full-time fellowship funds, prestigious external fellowship funds, or by written agreement with the Graduate School.  Tuition awards are subject to continued availability of resources and will be provided only for credits that are degree applicable. Additional information is below.

Graduate Fellows Holding University or Dean’s Fellowships

A University Fellow (UF) may be eligible for up to 12 credits of a fellowship tuition award per semester (Fall and Spring only). UFs must supplement a standard support package (assistantship, external fellowship, Dean’s Fellowship, and/or other internal fellowship). Tuition award credits derived from that support package will be applied first and augmented by fellowship a tuition award up to the maximum award indicated below

A Dean’s Fellow (DF) may be eligible for up to 12 credits of fellowship a tuition award per semester (Fall and Spring only). DFs may be combined with a University Fellowship, additional Dean’s Fellowships, and/or other funding (assistantship, external fellowship, and/or other internal fellowship) to create the support package. Tuition award credits derived from other funding will be applied first. Tuition award credits for Dean’s Fellowships will be provided up to the maximum award indicated below:

UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP FUNDING STRUCTURE MAXIMUM CREDITS FOR TUITION AWARD
UF paid in 1 year
($20,000 disbursed in first year)
24 per year
(12 per semester, Fall and Spring only)
UF paid over 2 yrs
($10,000 disbursed per year)
10 per year
(5 per semester, Fall and Spring only)
UF paid over 4 yrs
($5,000 disbursed per year)
0 per year
(0 per semester)
  DEAN'S FELLOWSHIP FUNDING STRUCTURE   MAXIMUM CREDITS FOR TUITION AWARD
$15,000 in DF's disbursed in one year 24 per year
(12 per semester, Fall and Spring only)
10,000 in DF's disbursed in one year 10 per year
(5 per semester, Fall and Spring only)
$5,000 in DF's disbursed in one year 0 per year
(0 per semester)

Graduate Fellows Holding Prestigious External Fellowships

Graduate students holding prestigious external fellowships may be eligible for fellowship tuition awards. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) or contractual agreement must be filed with the Graduate School. Unless otherwise specified in the MOU or contract, fellowship tuition award credits will be awarded as follows:

  • A prestigious external fellowship carrying an annual stipend of at least $15,000 may be awarded up to 10 credits of a tuition award per semester.
  • A prestigious external fellowship carrying an annual stipend of at least $7,500 may be awarded up to 5 credits of a tuition award per semester. 
  • A prestigious external fellowship carrying an annual stipend of less than $7,500 is not eligible for a tuition award.

 To request a tuition award, use the Request for a Tuition Award for External Fellowships and Scholarships form.

Graduate Fellows on Federal Training Grants

 Federal training grants covering only partial tuition for fellows may be eligible for an institutional match of a fellowship tuition award. Upon written agreement with the Graduate School, tuition awards may be awarded to training grants on a 60% (grant) / 40% (GS) matching basis.  

To request a tuition award, use the Training Grant Fellowship Matching Tuition Award Requests form.

Graduate Fellows Holding Internal Fellowships Other Than University or Dean’s Fellowships

 A fellowship tuition award is not awarded to fellowships funded from department or college sources, state monies from any source, including DRIF, UM, and UMCP Foundations, unless formal agreements have been made with the Graduate School. Tuition for these fellowships should be charged to the account to which the stipend is being charged.

Tuition Awards for Summer Sessions and Winter Term

Fellowship tuition awards are not awarded for summer sessions or winter term.

Tuition Awards for Programs with Non-standard Tuition

Fellows enrolled in graduate programs with non-standard tuition rates (whether by course or by flat-fee pricing) will be responsible for tuition costs above the standard rate covered by a fellowship tuition award.

OTHER

The Graduate School’s Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, Lee Thornton Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, McNair Graduate Fellowship, Spencer Award, and Longest Award are eligible for a fellowship tuition award. Flagship Fellowships, All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships, International Graduate Research Fellowships, and Graduate School Summer Research Fellowships do not earn a fellowship tuition award.