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Graduate College Tuition Waivers

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants with a 0.50 FTE appointment total (or greater) appointment and who meet certain enrollment requirements are eligible for a tuition waiver and basic student health insurance.
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Payroll Items of Interest for Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistants who will be reappointed for Fall 2014 will need to complete payroll paperwork to include a new I-9 and Loyalty Oath in early August if they were terminated by their department for the summer.   The deadline for making the August Monthly Payroll will be August 15, 2014.  This means your reappointment paperwork and your new I-9 and Loyalty Oath will need to be completed and in Payroll and Employee Services, NEL 244 by that date.

Graduate Assistants who are placed on Leave of Absence Without Pay for the summer and brought back to their GTA or GRA position in the Fall will not require a new I-9 or Loyalty Oath.  The department must provide Payroll and Employee Services with a Personnel Action Form taking them off Leave of Absence Without Pay.

To be eligible for Student FICA  (Social Security) Exemption on the August check, you will need to be enrolled by August 5, prior to the FICA audit run on the August payroll.  No Payroll refunds will be processed for those student employees who fail to be enrolled in the appropriate number of class hours by August 5.

Scholarships and Travel & Research Grants

Current OU graduate students have access to four major resources of travel and research funding, including the Robberson Travel and Research Grant (offered through the Graduate College), Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Research and Conference Grants, and scholarships and grants offered by specific colleges and departments.


The Graduate College offers funding opportunities to over 200 fellows through Alumni Fellowship, Foundation Fellowship, Hoving Fellowship, Hudson Fellowship, and McNair Fellowship.
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Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid Services awards and monitors all federal and need-based awards. The financial aid is available to students through scholarships, grants and tuition waivers, and loans. For additional information on financial aid programs and application information, visit the Financial Aid Services Web site.

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Offers information on McNair Scholars Program, National Science Foundation funding opportunities, and links to the Community of Science that provides the most comprehensive source of funding information available on the Web, with more than 24,000 records, representing over 400,000 funding opportunities.


Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment (CRPDE)

CRPDE was established to assist OU faculty, research scientists, postdocs and students in their efforts to build strong and competitive programs for research, scholarship and creative activities. The Center helps to identify funding opportunities for research projects and assist with the development of proposals for external funding.