Tuition Reduction Benefit

Students employed as teaching assistants (TAs), assistant instructors (AIs), and graduate research assistants (GRAs) are eligible for a tax-exempt Tuition Reduction Benefit related to their student academic employment.

The assistance amount varies based on the number of hours of the appointment and the availability of funding, and the benefit is not always available to GRAs. Check with your department for more information.

Rates for 2018-19

During the 2018 - 2019 academic year, the rates for TAs and AIs will remain the same.

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

During a summer session, the rates are:

  • Appointed 20 hours or more: $1,415
  • Appointed 1-19 hours: N/A

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

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

November 14, 2017 Tuition bills are sent to students for Spring 2018. Any final approved TRBs will be reflected in the tuition bill.
January 19, 2018 Tuition payment deadline for graduate students is 5 pm.
January 31, 2018 (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 12, 2018 (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 canceled. Email notifications are sent to all of the assignees on the TRB creator desks and the recipients.