School of Graduate Studies

Procedures

Each academic unit is responsible for inputting their GTA and GRA fee remissions and non-resident fee waivers at the department scholarship website and sending the batch information to Financial Aid. The only fee remissions and non-resident fee waivers that will be entered by the School of Graduate Studies will be those with fellowships awarded by SGS and non-resident doctoral students in Ph.D. programs in Graduate Studies, Nursing, Psychology, Counseling Psychology, DMA, DNP and Ed.D.

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UMKC School of Graduate Studies Fee Remissions and Non-Resident Waivers Policies

Fee Remissions

The School of Graduate Studies provides funding for fee remissions to academic units for their GRAs/GTAs. Deans receive a letter in May stating the dollar amount of fee remissions available from the School of Graduate Studies for their units. The fee remissions ordinarily apply to 6-9 credit hours per semester. Deans wishing to grant fee remissions of less than 6 hours credit must receive prior approval from the School of Graduate Studies. To be eligible for the fee waivers, the students must be appointed to at least a .25 FTE at a stipend level equal or greater than either the campus minimum (equivalent to $7,600/year for 0.5 FTE) or the stipend level used in the previous year by the academic unit. Once an academic unit determines how they plan to use their funds, an authorized user from each department will input the students' information and send the batch to Financial Aid for review and upload to the students' Pathway accounts.

Non-Resident Fee Waivers

The School of Graduate Studies makes available Non-Resident Fee Waivers to non-resident students who (1) are enrolled in a doctoral degree program [9 hour maximum waiver], or (2) employed by the University as a GRA or GTA (as described below), or (3) current recipients of a university-funded fellowship. Students in (2) and (3) are eligible to receive 6 hours of non-resident fee waivers. Exceptions for additional hours may be granted if the student’s program of study requires additional hours.

To be eligible for Non-Resident fee waivers, the work assignments of the GRA or GTA must conform to the following definitions:

Graduate Research Assistants

Graduate students (master, doctoral, education specialist) who are assigned to a faculty member with responsibilities directly related to investigations germane to their field of specialization as part of a specific research project, grant or contract. The activities being performed as part of the assistantship must be related to the student's plan of study and should directly apply to the individual's thesis or dissertation.

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate students (master, doctoral, education specialist) who are assigned to assist a department chairperson, faculty members or other professional staff members by performing teaching or teaching-related duties such as full classroom responsibilities, instructional assistance in a laboratory, facilitating a discussion section linked to a credit course, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, or grading examinations or papers. To be eligible for the fee waivers, students must be appointed to at least a 0.25 FTE at a stipend level equal or greater than the campus minimum (equivalent to $7,600/year for 0.5 FTE) or the stipend level used in the previous year by the academic unit.

The amount of the non-resident fee waiver should be equal to the total amount of non-resident fees up to nine (9) credit hours per semester. If an academic program requires students to enroll in more than 9 hours as a full-time student in order to complete the program in a specified time, fee waivers for the additional credit hours may be awarded.