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 Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

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

    Summer 2020: 

    The maximum paid per individual per summer is $1,415 regardless of session length or the number of sessions.

    During a summer session, the rates are:

    • Appointed 20 hours or more: $1,415
    • Appointed 1-19 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, TRB awards are programmatically cancelled. Email notifications are sent to all of the assignees on the TRB creator desks and the recipients.

      Spring 2020

      November 12, 2019 Tuition bills are sent. Any final approved TRBs will be reflected in the tuition bill.
      January 24, 20202 Tuition payment deadline for graduate students is 5 pm.
      February 5, 2020 (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.
      February 17, 2020 (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, TRB awards are programmatically cancelled. Email notifications are sent to all of the assignees on the TRB creator desks and the recipients.

      Summer 2020

      May 5, 2020 Tuition bills are sent. Any final approved TRBs will be reflected in the tuition bill.
      June 5, 2020 Tuition payment deadline for graduate students is 5 pm.
      June 9, 2020 (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 24, 2020(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, TRB awards are programmatically cancelled. Email notifications are sent to all of the assignees on the TRB creator desks and the recipients.
      July 14, 2020 Tuition payment deadline for second-term classes.
      July 16, 2020 4th class day for second-term
      July 28, 2020 Tuition bills sent out for Fall 2020 semester
      July 31, 2020 15th class day for second-term

       

      Tuition Reduction Benefit Supplements

      During spring 2020, the university will award TRB supplements to assist graduate students appointed at least 10 hours/week as TAs and assistant instructors AIs. The supplements will provide financial support while the university implements the recommendations of the Graduate Education Task Force to improve graduate student compensation.

      TRB supplements for the spring semester expand the support provided during the 2019 fall semester, when the provost provided funds for AIs and TAs who received bills for a portion of tuition. TRB supplements will now also be provided to AIs and TAs who receive support from their departments or colleges to cover the shortfall of the TRB.

      TRB supplements will be distributed to students appointed as AIs and TAs as direct payments to their tuition bill leading up to the start of the spring semester before the tuition payment deadline of Jan. 24, 2020.

      If you do not receive a TRB supplement on your tuition bill by the tuition payment deadline, please pay and confirm attendance. If you are eligible for a supplement and have already paid your tuition, you will receive the supplement at a later date via your current method of deposit.

      If you lose eligibility during the semester, your supplement will be prorated, and you will then see an amount due on your tuition bill. If you receive a supplement, but it is later determined that you were not eligible, you will lose that supplement, and will then see an amount due on your tuition bill.

      Long-term solutions to addressing the TRB will be identified by the task force and implemented in the coming years. The task force’s official recommendations will be delivered to the provost in December 2019.

      During the spring semester, TRB supplements will be applied to tuition bills for nine credit hours for students with AI or TA appointments of 20 hours or more. Students with AI or TA appointments of 10 – 19 hours will be awarded TRB supplements that are half of what students with appointments of 20 hours or more will receive.

      Below are the supplement amounts AIs and TAs will see credited to their tuition bills:

      College Cost for 9
      hours Tuition
      TRB for 20+
      hr/wk TA/AI
      Supplement for
      20+ hr/wk TA/AI 
      TRB for 10-19
      hr/wk TA/AI
      Supplement for 10-
      19 hr/wk TA/AI
      Architecture $5,213 $3,784 $1429 $1,892 $715
      Business $4,382 $3,784 $598 $1,892 $299
      Communication $4,998 $3,784 $1214 $1,892 $607
      Education $4,637 $3,784 $853 $1,892 $427
      Engineering $5,277 $3,784 $1493 $1,892 $747
      Fine Arts $5,183 $3,784 $1399 $1,892 $700
      Geosciences $4,834 $3,784 $1050 $1,892 $525
      Information $5,424 $3,784 $1640 $1,892 $820
      Liberal Arts $4,464 $3,784 $680 $1,892 $340
      Natural Sciences $4,608 $3,784 $824 $1,892 $412
      Nursing $5,233 $3,784 $1449 $1,892 $725
      Pharmacy $5,029 $3,784 $1245 $1,892 $623
      Public Affairs $4,927 $3,784 $1143 $1,892 $572
      Social Work $5,170 $3,784 $1386 $1,892 $693