Tuition Remission Eligibility for RA, TA, PA, and LSA

Eligibility for Fall and Spring term Remission

Under Wisconsin Statute 36.27(3)(g),  UW-Madison remits the full tuition for Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Program/Project Assistants and Lecturer Student Assistants (RA, TA, PA, and LSA) who hold eligible appointments.  Students are responsible for paying their segregated fees and any other fees such as the Official Document Fee, the International Student Fee and Late Initial Enrollment Fee, which must be paid by deferred due date, regardless of when the Bursar’s Office is notified of the eligible appointment.

Students who finish their degree in the middle of a term will be eligible to keep their tuition remission for that term, as long as they remain on payroll for no less than a 33% appointment, through the date that they receive their degree.

Students who withdraw in the middle of a term will lose their tuition remission if the duration of their appointment is not sufficient to meet the 33% for 4.5 months appointment requirement.

Students enrolled in a program with a service-based pricing tuition structure may accept graduate assistantships (including those above 33.33%); however, they will not receive the tuition remission that is typically part of the compensation package for a graduate assistantship. For more information, please refer to your department.

Eligibility for Summer term Remission

Under Wisconsin Statute 36.27(3)(g), the contract with the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA), and University policy, the University remits the full tuition for Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Program/Project Assistants and Lecturer Student Assistants (RA, TA, PA, and LSA) who hold eligible appointments. Students are responsible for paying their segregated fees and any other fees such as the Official Document Fee, the International Student Fee and Late Initial Enrollment Fee, which must be paid by deferred due date, regardless of when the Bursar’s Office is notified of the eligible appointment.

The following requirements determine graduate student eligibility for a full tuition remission/waiver based on a TA, PA, RA or LSA for Summer term:

  • Continuing graduate students with RA, TA, PA and LSA appointments who earned remission of their tuition in the Spring Term will have their eligibility carry over automatically to the following Summer Term. Departments do not need to provide any additional information to the Bursar’s Office for the summer tuition remission/waiver to be applied – the process is automatic.
  • For graduate students who have RA, TA, PA or LSA appointments during the summer but did not have a Spring Term full tuition remission:
    • Must have at least a 33% appointment for eight weeks during the Summer Term, or an appointment of different percentage and length that nets to the equivalent,  to be eligible for Summer Term tuition remission.
  • Students who finish their degree in the middle of a term retain their tuition remission for that term, as long as they remain on payroll through the degree completion date.
  • Students who withdraw in the middle of a term lose their tuition remission if the duration of their appointment is not sufficient to meet the 33% for 8 week appointment requirement and they have not finished their degree in the middle of the term.

Cancelling a Summer term remission

For nonstandard courses that occur during the Summer term, the automatic rollover of tuition remission from the Spring term can be cancelled if the following criteria are met:

  • Alternative funding is available in the department or through an internal third party payment; AND
  • The graduate assistant will not incur additional personal costs above what they would otherwise have normally paid (i.e. segregated fees).

To request cancellation of automatic rollover of the Summer term remission, the department must notify the Bursar’s Office by submitting a tuition remission form. Indicate in the ‘comments’ box that you are requesting a cancellation of the Summer term remission and then complete the remission form as normal.

Tuition Remission Appointment Rate Minimums

Graduate students with RA/TA/PA/LSA appointments need to earn a minimum amount during the term in order to be eligible for the tuition remission.

Tuition Remission Appointment Rate Minimums

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