Tuition Reduction Benefit (TRB)

Students employed as teaching assistants (TAs), assistant instructors (AIs), and some graduate research assistants (GRAs)* are eligible for a 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 2020 and Spring 2021

  • 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 2020

July 28, 2020 Tuition bills are sent to students. Any final approved TRBs will be reflected in the tuition bill.
August 31, 2020 Tuition payment deadline for graduate students is 5 pm.
September 11, 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.
September 23, 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 of the assignees on the TRB creator desks and the recipients.

Spring 2021

November 10, 2020 Tuition bills are sent. Any final approved TRBs will be reflected in the tuition bill.
January 22, 2021 Tuition payment deadline for graduate students is 5 pm.
February 3, 2021 (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 16, 2021 (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 summer 2020, the university will award TRB supplements to assist graduate students appointed at least 20 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 summer semester expand the support provided during the fall 2019 and 2020 spring 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 summer semester before the tuition payment deadline of June 5, 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. 

During the summer semester, TRB supplements will be applied to tuition bills for three credit hours for students with AI or TA appointments of 20 hours or more.

Below are the supplement amounts AIs and TAs will see credited to their tuition bills:
More information can be found at onestop.utexas.edu

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
https://tuition.utexas.edu/rates/graduate
Architecture $5,213 $3,784 $1,429 $1,892 $715
Business $4,342 $3,784 $558 $1,892 $279
Communication $4,998 $3,784 $1,214 $1,892 $607
Education $4,637 $3,784 $853 $1,892 $427
Engineering $5,277 $3,784 $1,493 $1,892 $747
Fine Arts $5,183 $3,784 $1,399 $1,892 $700
Geosciences $4,834 $3,784 $1,050 $1,892 $525
Information $5,424 $3,784 $1,640 $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 $1,449 $1,892 $725
Pharmacy $5,029 $3,784 $1,245 $1,892 $623
Public Affairs $4,927 $3,784 $1,143 $1,892 $572
Social Work $5,170 $3,784 $1,386 $1,892 $693