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Graduate Assistant Frequently Asked Questions

Appointment FAQs

They are eligible for the waiver in the semesters they are appointed (plus summer) as a qualifying GA (.50 FTE assistantship for the full semester).

Starting August 16, 2019, the minimum rate for .50 FTE graduate assistants is $1,152.50 monthly or $13,830.00 annually.  

Tuition Waiver FAQs

Contact your hiring unit to verify your remaining hours of waiver. If you have hours remaining and the waiver is still not showing on your bursar statement after the 3rd week of the semester, contact the Graduate College at or 325-3811 for assistance.

Under special circumstances, tuition waivers awarded by the Norman campus Graduate College may be applied toward courses taken on the OU-Tulsa campus or OU HSC. Contact the OU campus where you are employed as a graduate assistant if you have questions about a course's tuition waiver eligibility.

If you do not need financial aid in the final semester, you may enroll in fewer than 5 hours. See the Final Semester Enrollment page for details. 

Bursar Services will send you an e-refund or a check for the amount of your waiver(s) once it appears on your bill.

Hiring units have access to a report of each student and their remaining hours of waiver. Students can also contact to verify waiver eligibility.

If a student is placed on academic probation or fails to make satisfactory progress toward their degree, the student may lose the tuition waiver award. A student who fails to enroll in the minimum number of required hours for the entire semester (fall and spring) will lose the tuition waiver award. If a student fails to have a qualifying graduate assistantship appointment for the entire semester (fall and spring), the student will lose any waiver dependent on that appointment. 

Hours from the uncompleted degree that apply to the new degree will reduce the limit for the new degree.

No, there will be no carry-over (e.g., a student who completed a 30-hour degree but only received 15 hours of waiver does not carry 15 hours over). 

Doctoral students also in a master’s program are eligible for the total number of hours required for the doctoral degree.

Graduate Assistant Commonly Used Terms


Tuition: Payment required of an individual for enrollment in courses. This term is not interchangeable with fees.

Resident Tuition: The tuition rate paid by all University of Oklahoma students.

Non-Resident Tuition: The additional tuition paid by all students who are not residents of Oklahoma.

Fees: Charges in addition to tuition which students are assessed as a condition of enrollment.

Tuition Waiver: A reduction in a student's tuition bill.

Common Abbreviations

FTE: Full time equivalent

GA: Graduate assistant

GRA: Graduate research assistant

GTA: Graduate teaching assistant

QGA: Qualifying graduate assistant