Tuition Remission Policy


For Graduate Students with TA, PA, RA,
Instructional Academic Staff,
or Limited University Fellow Appointments


  1. Fall and Spring Term Tuition Remission Policy
    • TA, PA and RA Appointments
    • Instructional Academic Staff
    • University Fellows
    • Traineeships and Scholarships
  2. Summer Term Tuition Remission Policy
    • TA, PA and RA Appointments
    • Instructional Academic Staff
    • University Fellows
    • Traineeships and Scholarships
  3. Tuition Remission Procedures
  4. Tuition Remission Audit
  5. Eligible Instructional Academic Staff Titles

Under Wisconsin Statute 36.27(3)(g), the contract with the Teaching Assistants' Association (TAA), and University policy, the University remits the full tuition for Teaching Assistants, Program/Project Assistants and Research Assistants and the non-resident tuition for certain Instructional Academic Staff and University Fellows who hold eligible appointments. Students are responsible for paying their segregated fees.

1. Fall and Spring Term Tuition Remission Policy
The following requirements will determine graduate student eligibility for full tuition remission based on TA, PA, RA, and non-resident tuition remissions for certain Instructional Academic Staff (see Eligible Instructional Academic Staff Titles sections for a list of titles) and University Fellows who are enrolled as graduate students. Students with these appointments are responsible for paying their segregated fees as billed by the tuition due date - regardless of when the Bursar's Office is notified of the eligible appointment.

TA, PA and RA Appointments
  • Graduate students who have TA, PA, and/or RA appointments must have the equivalent of at least a 33.33% appointment for the length of the Fall or Spring term to be eligible for full tuition remission for that term. Students with annual appointments will have the same criteria used to determine their eligibility as do students with semester appointments. Appointment options to achieve an appropriate position include:
    • A 33.33% appointment for 4 1/2 months (19 weeks).
    • A higher percentage appointment for a shorter number of weeks that nets to the equivalent of a 33.33% 4 1/2 month appointment. Average % = ( (Actual %) x (Actual Duration) ) / (4.5 Months)
      EXAMPLES
      Rate to UseMonthsMonthly Approximation
      33.33% for 4.5 months (approximately 4 months 15 days)
      35% for 4.25 months (approximately 4 months 7 days)
      37% for 4.0 months
      43% for 3.5 months (approximately 3 months 15 days)
      45% for 3.3 months (approximately 3 months 10 days)
      50% for 3.0 months
      60% for 2.5 months (approximately 2 months 15 days)
    • On an exception basis only, a position in which the student worked 259 hours - the equivalent number of hours that would be worked by a 33.33% PA appointment. These Appointments may be those of graders who work a varying number of hours throughout the term. Requests for these tuition remissions, by definition, must be made by a departmental representative after the end of a term and include documentation of hours worked.
    • Combinations of lower percent appointments and with additional hours in certain cases may result in a remission. Questions about these situations should be addressed to the Student Accounts Fees Section (Bursar's Office) BEFORE informing students about possible remission.
  • The Student Accounts Office Fees Section (Bursar's Office) will grant students tuition remission upon notification from campus departments. When possible, the Fees Section should be notified of eligible students early enough before the start of the Term so students will receive correct bills. An audit will be done against the UW Appointment System in mid-term to verify that students held the appropriate percentage appointment during the term. Students who end up not meeting the requirement will have their tuition remission cancelled and will be billed for their full tuition. (See the Procedure Section for detailed instructions).
  • Students who finish their degree in the middle of a term retain their tuition remission for that term as long as they remain on the payroll through the date they receive their degree.
  • Students who withdraw in the middle of a term will lose their tuition remission if the duration of the appointment is not sufficient to meet the 33.33% for 4.5 months appointment requirement.

Instructional Academic Staff
Graduate students who have Instructional Academic Staff appointmentsnon-resident tuition remission for that term. Students with annual appointments will have the same criteria used to determine their eligibility as students with semester appointments. Students with these appointments are responsible for paying the resident portion of their tuition and their segregated fees as billed by the tuition due date - regardless of when the Bursar's Office is notified of the eligible appointment.

  • Appointment options to achieve an appropriate position include:
    • A 33.33% appointment for 4 1/2 months (19 weeks).
    • A higher percentage appointment for a shorter number of weeks that nets to the equivalent of a 33.33% 4 1/2 month appointment. Average % = ( (Actual %) x (Actual Duration) ) / (4.5 Months)
      EXAMPLES
      Rate to UseMonthsMonthly Approximation
      33.33% for 4.5 months (approximately 4 months 15 days)
      35% for 4.25 months (approximately 4 months 7 days)
      37% for 4.0 months
      43% for 3.5 months (approximately 3 months 15 days)
      45% for 3.3 months (approximately 3 months 10 days)
      50% for 3.0 months
      60% for 2.5 months (approximately 2 months 15 days)
    • The Student Accounts Office Fees Section (Bursar's Office) will grant students non-resident tuition remission upon notification from campus departments. When possible, the Fees Section should be notified of eligible students early enough before the start of the Term so students will receive correct bills. An audit will be done in mid-term against the UW Appointment System to verify that students held the appropriate percentage appointment during the term, and students who end up not meeting the requirement will have their tuition remission cancelled and will be billed for their full tuition. (See the Procedure Section for detailed instructions).
University Fellows
  • It is University policy that fellows or the sponsor of a fellowship will pay full tuition and fees in accordance with the residence status of the fellow. The Graduate School has been delegated the responsibility and authority to make available to fellowship holders a limited number of non-resident tuition remissions. Priority is given to a) fellowships granted in University-wide competitions, b) contractual and historical agreements between the donor and the University and c) State funded fellowships. To qualify for a non-resident tuition remission, the fellow must receive a stipend at least equivalent to a one-third-time research assistant. The Graduate School may also grant non-resident remission for Fellowships in areas that have been identified as campus priorities. The Student Accounts Office Fee Section (Bursar's Office) will grant these non-resident tuition remissions only upon notification from the Graduate School.

    Departments with qualifying fellows must send the following information to the Graduate School for approval (request can be sent via e-mail or paper. Authorization cards are no longer required):

    • Student ID Number
    • Student Last Name, First Name, Middle
    • Student Academic Program
    • Authorized Term(s)
    • Fund Account Number
    • Name of Appointing Department
    • Duration of Appointment
    • Unit-Div-Dept Code
    • Notification if Multiple Appointment
    • Percentage of Full Time
    • Total Amount Committed

    Questions regarding the tuition status of Fellows should be directed to Linda Scholl (265-5522) or Mary Butler Ravneberg (262-9597) in the Graduate School.

  • When possible, the Fees Section should be notified of eligible students early enough before the start of the Term so students will receive correct bills. An audit will be done in mid-term against the UW Appointment System to verify that fellows received the appropriate stipend level during the term to generate the non-resident tuition remission. Students who do not receive a stipend equal to or greater than a third-time research assistant will have their non-resident tuition remission cancelled and will be billed for their non-resident tuition. (See the Procedure Section for detailed instructions.)
Traineeships and Scholarships
There is no authority or provision for remission of resident or non-resident tuition for any traineeship or scholarship.


2. Summer Term Tuition Remission Policy

The following requirements will determine student eligibility for full tuition remission based on TA, PA, RA, and non-resident tuition remissions for certain Instructional Academic Staff (see Eligible Instructional Academic Staff Titles sections for a list of titles) and University Fellows who are enrolled as graduate students. Students with these appointments are responsible for paying their segregated fees as billed by the tuition due date - regardless of when the Bursar's Office is notified of the eligible appointment.

TA, PA and RA Appointments
  • Continuing graduate students with TA, PA and RA Appointments who earned Spring Term full tuition remissions based on eligible Appointments will have their eligibility carry over automatically to the Summer Term immediately following. Departments will not need to provide any additional information to the Bursar's Office Student Accounts - Fees Section for this tuition remission to occur.
  • Graduate students who have TA, PA, RA appointments during the summer and did not have a Spring Term full tuition remission must have at least a 33.33% appointment for eight weeks during the Summer Term, or an appointment of different percentage and length that nets to the equivalent, (see below) to be eligible for Summer Term tuition remission. The Bursar's Office Student Accounts - Fees Section will grant students tuition remission upon notification from campus departments. When possible, the Fees Section should be notified of eligible students before the start of the Summer Term so students will receive correct bills. An audit will be done in mid term against the UW Appointment System to verify that students held the appropriate percentage appointment during the summer. Students who end up not meeting the requirement will have their tuition remission cancelled and will be billed for their full tuition. (See the Tuition Remission Procedures section for specifics).

    • To determine whether a shorter length/higher percentage Summer Term appointment qualifies for tuition remission, use the following formula:

      A student needs to work a minimum of 33.33% for 8 weeks. 40 hours a week divided by 1/3 = 13.33 hours per week. 13/33 divided by the number of days actually worked = % of appointment.

      Example: For a student working 5 weeks: 33.33/25 days (5 weeks x 5 days per week) = 53%. The student would need to have a 53% appointment for 5 weeks to qualify for a tuition remission.
  • Students who finish their degree in the middle of a term retain their tuition remission for that term as long as they remain on the payroll through the date they receive their degree.
  • Students who withdraw in the middle of a term will lose their tuition remission if the duration of their appointment is not sufficient to meet the 33.33 % for 8 weeks appointment requirement.
Instructional Academic Staff and University Fellows
  • Graduate students who earned Spring Term Instructional Academic Staff or University Fellow non-resident tuition remissions will have their eligibility carry over automatically to the Summer Term immediately following. Departments will not need to provide any additional information to the Student Accounts Office Fees Section (Bursar's Office) for this tuition remission to occur. Students with these appointments are responsible for paying their segregated fees as billed by the tuition date - regardless of when the Bursar's Office is notified of the eligible appointment.
    • Graduate students with Instructional Academic Staff appointments during the summer who did not have a Spring Term non-resident tuition remission must have at least a 33.33% appointment for eight weeks during the Summer Term, or an appointment of different percentage and length that nets to the equivalent (see below), to be eligible for Summer Term non-resident tuition remission. The Student Accounts Office Fees Section (Bursar's Office) will grant these students non-resident tuition remission only upon notification from campus departments. When possible, the Fees Section should be notified of eligible students before the start of the Summer Term so students will receive correct bills. An audit will be done in mid term against the UW Appointment System to verify that students held the appropriate percentage appointment during the summer. Students who end up not meeting the requirement will have their non-resident tuition remission cancelled and will be billed for their non-resident tuition. (See Fall and Spring Term section for a list of eligible Instructional Academic Staff titles).

    • To determine whether a shorter length/higher percentage Summer Term appointment qualifies for tuition remission, use the following formula:

      A student needs to work a minimum of 33.33% for 8 weeks. 40 hours a week divided by 1/3 = 13.33 hours per week. 13/33 divided by the number of days actually worked = % of appointment.

      Example: For a student working 5 weeks: 33.33/25 days (5 weeks x 5 days per week) = 53%. The student would need to have a 53% appointment for 5 weeks to qualify for a tuition remission.

  • It is University policy that fellows or the sponsor of a fellowship will pay full tuition and fees in accordance with the residence status of the fellow. The Graduate School has been delegated the responsibility and authority to make available to fellowship holders a limited number of non-resident tuition remissions. Priority is given to a) fellowships granted in University-wide competitions, b) contractual and historical agreements between the donor and the University and c) State funded fellowships. To qualify for a non-resident tuition remission, the fellow must receive a stipend at least equivalent to a one-third-time research assistant. The Graduate School may also grant non-resident remission for Fellowships in areas that have been identified as campus priorities. The Student Accounts Office Fee Section (Bursar's Office) will grant these non-resident tuition remissions only upon notification from the Graduate School.

    Departments with qualifying fellows must send the following information to the Graduate School for approval (request can be sent via e-mail or paper. Authorization cards are no longer required):
    • Student ID Number
    • Student Last Name, First Name, Middle
    • Student Academic Program
    • Authorized Term(s)
    • Fund Account Number
    • Name of Appointing Department
    • Duration of Appointment
    • Unit-Div-Dept Code
    • Notification if Multiple Appointment
    • Percentage of Full Time
    • Total Amount Committed


    Questions regarding the tuition status of Fellows should be directed to Linda Scholl (265-5522) or Mary Butler Ravneberg (262-9597) in the Graduate School.

  • When possible, the Fees Section should be notified of eligible students early enough before the start of the Term so students will receive correct bills. An audit will be done in mid-term against the UW Appointment System to verify that fellows received the appropriate stipend level during the term to generate the non-resident tuition remission. Students who do not receive a stipend equal to or greater than a third-time research assistant will have their non-resident tuition remission cancelled and will be billed for their non-resident tuition. (See the Procedure Section for detailed instructions).


Traineeships and Scholarships
There is no authority or provision for remission of resident or non-resident tuition for any traineeship or scholarship.

3. Tuition Remission Procedures
  • Departments should ideally notify the Student Accounts Office Fees Section (Bursar's Office) of the authorization information by:
    • August 15 for Fall Term
    • December 15 for Spring Term
    • May 1 for Summer Term


    Because many TA's, PA's and RA's often receive student loans or other financial aid, having their tuition covered with a tuition remission before disbursement of aid occurs ensures that these students will get their refunds of excess financial aid meant to cover their living expenses as early as federal regulations permit. Early notification of tuition remissions will also allow us to send accurate student account bills.

    It is understood, however, that sometimes appointments cannot be made until immediately before or after the start of the term. In such cases, notify the Fees Section as soon as the appointment is made and the tuition remission will be applied to the student's account.

  • TA, PA, RA or Instructional Academic Staff appointments - Campus departments should send a spreadsheet including complete student names, student campus ID numbers if possible (SSN's if campus ID number is not available), type of appointment, UDDS number, and a department contact name, phone number and e-mail address to the following office. You do not need to send a separate e-mail for each student authorized. A spreadsheet including the above information for your entire list of students makes for easier, more accurate entry. Include the names of ALL authorized students, not just changes to the previous term's authorizations.

Student Accounts Office Fees Section (Bursar's Office)
333 East Campus Mall #10501
(608) 262-4518
tuition@bussvc.wisc.edu

  • University Fellows - The Graduate School will provide the authorization information for qualifying fellows to the Student Accounts Office Fees Section (Bursar's Office).

  • Employment dates for a term must fall within the University Appointment System dates for the term. The IADS dates for academic years are published on the Employee Compensation and Benefits Services under the heading Web Site at " UW Madison Academic Payroll Calendars ".

4. Tuition Remission Audit

An audit will be done against the UW Appointment System in the middle of each term to verify that TA's, PA's, RA's and Instructional Academic Staff carried the appropriate appointment and that fellows received the appropriate stipend level during the term to generate tuition remission. TA's, PA's, RA's and Instructional Academic Staff who do not carry the equivalent of at least a 33.33% appointment and University Fellows who do not receive a stipend equal to or greater than a third-time research assistant will have their tuition remission cancelled and will be billed for their tuition.

5. Eligible Instructional Academic Staff Titles