Graduate Student Tuition Support

A variety of support mechanisms are available for graduate students at UNC-CH, including teaching assistantships (TAs), research assistantships (RAs), fellowships and traineeships. Most of these awards provide full tuition support. All teaching and research assistantships, as well as most fellowships and traineeships, provide health insurance.

Tuition support is provided in two ways:

Eligible out-of-state students may receive both a tuition remission award that reduces their tuition to the in-state rate, as well as an in-state tuition award. These two funding sources, used in combination, provide full tuition support for graduate students serving as University-supported TAs, RAs, or fellow/trainees. Out-of-state students must receive an out-of-state tuition remission to be eligible for an in-state tuition award. This benefit includes tuition only, not student fees.

Eligible in-state students may receive an in-state tuition award that provides full tuition support for graduate students serving as University-supported TAs, RAs, or fellow/trainees. This benefit includes tuition only, not student fees.

See Graduate Student Handbook for additional information

Eligibility Requirements for Tuition and Fees

A student must meet the following criteria to qualify for tuition remission, in-state tuition, and fees:

  1. The student must be a full-time, degree-seeking student in a residential program administered by The Graduate School. They are considered a full-time student if they are enrolled for each term and
    • Registered for 9 or more graduate credit hours in a fall or spring term
    • OR registered for a minimum of 3 hours of thesis substitute (992), thesis (993), or dissertation (994) in a fall, spring, or summer term. A student may register for additional courses as needed, but if registering for less than 9 hours, this must include a minimum of 3 hours of 992/993/994 to be considered full-time
    • OR registered for fewer than 9 graduate credit hours in a fall, spring, or summer term, exclusive of 992/993/994, and granted a Waiver of Hours for that term.
  2. They must receive a minimum stipend level per semester, as set by The Graduate School. Stipend levels are subject to change each year.
    Minimum Stipend 2021-2022
    Doctoral programs and Master’s/Doctoral Programs: $7,850/semester (RAs and TAs) Terminal Master’s Programs: $5,700/semester (RAs and TAs)
    Minimum Stipend 2022-2023
    Doctoral programs and Master’s/Doctoral Programs: $8,500/semester (RAs and TAs) Terminal Master’s Programs: $6,500/semester (RAs and TAs)
  3. The student must have an appointment as a teaching assistant, research assistant, trainee or non-service fellow. The appointment must be in effect for a period of no less than one full semester for them to be eligible for, and to retain, tuition remission, in-state tuition, and fees. NOTE: Graduate Assistant (GA) appointments are not eligible for tuition and fees.

All students who meet the eligibility requirements outlined above will receive in-state tuition and mandatory student fees. First-year doctoral students who are non-NC residents will also receive tuition remission. Tuition remission is only guaranteed for doctoral students who are non-NC residents in their first year. After the first year, tuition remission is at the discretion of the academic program. The academic program also has discretion over tuition remission for Master’s students. Students hired as Graduate Assistants (EHRA) or as hourly temporary (SHRA) employees are not eligible for tuition, fee, or health insurance benefits.

If at any point in the semester the student is determined to no longer meet the eligibility requirements to receive tuition and fees, the full amount will be rescinded, and they will be personally responsible for paying the full costs of tuition for that semester.

The Graduate School provides tuition remission, in-state tuition, and fees for fall and spring semesters only. Departments may provide tuition and fees for summer semesters from their own sources.

Appointment

In order to be eligible for instate and tuition remission awards, a student must meet certain eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum stipend for work performed with an appropriate job code. Definitions of these positions are below:

* Students in all of the above job codes EXCEPT Graduate Assistant* are eligible for tuition awards and the jobs will feed to GradStar for eligibility determination purposes.

Appointments must be in effect for the entire semester for the student to be eligible for, and to retain tuition remission or an in-state tuition award for the relevant semester.

Remission Status

Out-of-state students must receive an out-of-state tuition remission to be eligible for an in-state tuition award.

Deadlines

Appointment Deadline

Students should be appointed to their positions at the beginning of the relevant semester, preferably no later than the first day of classes (as indicated in the University Registrar's Calendar.)

Registration Deadline

All eligible students should be registered no later than the last day to register/add classes as indicated in the University Registrar's Calendar in order to be eligible for a tuition remission or in-state tuition award. Failure to register on time or add/drop classes after census date could result in financial consequences.

Duration of Funding Support

Individual programs may grant additional semesters of support from their own budget or other departmental sources of funding. A student must maintain eligibility to receive additional tuition remission, instate tuition, fees, and health insurance.

Additional semesters of support from Graduate School funding sources are not allowed.

If a student completes a degree in one academic program and then enrolls in another academic program or changes academic programs without receiving a degree, they are only eligible for the maximum semesters of eligibility as noted above.

Policy regarding duration of support

When a student is no longer eligible for tuition remission and/or in-state tuition awards from the designated tuition fund, there may be other resources available from state, private or grant funds at the departmental level. If such funds are available, it is permissible to use those funds to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition, as long as the student is paid a salary from the funding source and any payments meet specific criteria of those funding sources.

Policy regarding source of funding

Starting with fall semester, 1999, payment for in-state tuition awards will come from the same source as the student’s stipend, as is the current arrangement for health insurance. Therefore, note that budgets for all external research proposals that are prepared and submitted after January 1, 1999, should include the in-state portion of tuition if stipend support for graduate students is included in the proposal.
Reference: Graduate School memo, December 10, 1998