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.

Summer 2018: 

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

Rates for 2018-19

  • 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

Fall 2018

July 31, 2018 Tuition bills are sent to students for Fall 2018. Any final approved TRBs will be reflected in the tuition bill.
September 4, 2018 Tuition payment deadline for graduate students is 5 pm.
September 14, 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.
September 26, 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 cancelled. Email notifications are sent to all of the assignees on the TRB creator desks and the recipients.

Spring 2019

November 13, 2018 Tuition bills are sent to students for Spring 2019. Any final approved TRBs will be reflected in the tuition bill.
January 14, 2019 Tuition payment deadline for graduate students is 5 pm.
February 6, 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.
February 18, 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.