Tuition Reduction Benefit (TRB)

Students employed as teaching assistants (TAs), assistant instructors (AIs), and some graduate research assistants (GRAs)* are eligible for a tax-exempt Tuition Reduction Benefit related to their student academic employment. The amount is based on the number of hours of the appointment and the availability of funding. Please note: the Tuition Reduction Benefit REDUCES your tuition bill; it does not pay this amount to you. If you paid your tuition before the Tuition Reduction Benefit was applied to your bill, you will receive the TRB amount approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the 12th class day via your current method of deposit. If you have a Zero balance tuition bill after all waivers and exemptions (and before a TRB has been applied), you will not receive a tuition reduction benefit.

*The benefit is not always available to GRAs. Check with your hiring department for more information.

Rates for 2019-20

  • Appointed 20 hours or more: $3,784
  • Appointed 10-19 hours: $1,892
  • Appointed 1 - 9 hours: N/A

    TRB will be prorated if an AI or TA assignment begins after the 12th class day (fall or spring) or the 4th class day (summer) OR if the assignment ends before the last day of final exams.

    Receiving the Benefit

    Registered students who receive a Tuition Reduction Benefit must pay the remainder of the tuition bill by the due date. If there is a zero balance, the student is still required to confirm his or her registration. If a student paid their tuition before they received a TRB, they will receive the TRB amount 1-2 weeks after the 12th class day.

    If a student has other amounts that will be applied to the tuition bill, they will be applied in this order:

    1. Exemptions
    2. Tuition Reduction Benefit
    3. Other assistance (scholarships, tuition remission, etc.)

    Processing Dates

    Fall 2019

    July 30, 2019 Tuition bills are sent to students for Fall 2019. Any final approved TRBs will be reflected in the tuition bill.
    September 3, 2019 Tuition payment deadline for graduate students is 5 pm.
    September 13, 2019 (12th class day) If students are not assigned to eligible positions required for TRB awards, email notifications are sent to the students and TRB creators.
    September 25, 2019 (20th class day) If students are not assigned to eligible positions required for TRB awards, email notifications are sent to students and TRB creators. If the students do not have final approved assignments in HRMS, TRB awards are programmatically cancelled. Email notifications are sent to all of the assignees on the TRB creator desks and the recipients.

    Summer 2019

    May 7, 2019 Tuition bills are sent to students for Summer 2019. Any final approved TRBs will be reflected in the tuition bill.
    June 7, 2019 Tuition payment deadline for graduate students is 5 pm.
    June 11, 2019 (4th class day) If students are not assigned to eligible positions required for TRB awards, email notifications are sent to the students and TRB creators.
    June 26, 2019 (15th class day) If students are not assigned to eligible positions required for TRB awards, email notifications are sent to students and TRB creators. If the students do not have final approved assignments in HRMS, TRB awards are programmatically cancelled. Email notifications are sent to all of the assignees on the TRB creator desks and the recipients.