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Tuition Waivers for Qualifying Graduate Assistants (QGAs)

Qualifying graduate assistants are eligible for a waiver of up to the total number of hours required for the graduate program, provided they meet the eligibility requirements for QGAs.  

Tuition waivers do not cover: 

  • University fees (estimate the cost of fees using the Tuition and Fees Calculator
  • Tuition for OU Online programs and courses
  • Tuition for Extended Campus (formerly Liberal Studies) courses
  • Tuition for OU North America and Europe (formerly Advanced Programs) courses
  • Tuition for College of Professional and Continuing Studies (formerly OU Outreach) courses
  • Tuition for College of Law courses
  • Audited courses 
  • OU Health Science Center professional degrees

Students and courses in the following programs are not eligible for tuition waivers:

  • All OU Online programs and courses
  • Master of Arts in TESOL
  • Professional Master of Arts in TESOL
  • Simultaneous accelerated programs

More details on tuition waivers and costs not covered can be found in section 4.3.3.1 of the Graduate College Bulletin

Award Process

  • Tuition waivers for qualifying graduate assistants are automatically applied to student's accounts within the first three weeks of classes.
  • If a graduate assistant changes enrollment after a tuition waiver has been applied, the waiver will automatically get adjusted within 5 business days.
  • Tuition waivers are factored into a student's overall aid package.
  • The student is responsible for any tuition not covered by the waiver.

Tuition Waiver Limits

Qualifying graduate assistants are eligible for a waiver of up to the total number of hours required for the graduate program. Doctoral students also in a master’s program are eligible for the total number of hours required for the doctoral degree.

Change in Enrollment

Tuition waivers are calculated on the number of hours in which a student is enrolled at the time the waiver is awarded. If a student's enrollment increases or decreases, tuition waiver adjustments will be made within five business days. 

Summer Waivers

Students who held or will hold a qualifying appointment in the preceding spring or following fall semester will be eligible for a waiver in the summer, provided they have not exhausted their maximum allowable waiver.

Final Semester Enrollment

In the final semester, QGAs may enroll in fewer than five hours. Review the final semester enrollment page for specific requirements.