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Doctoral Student Tuition Cost Share

Changes to procedure effective 9/16/2015

For over ten years the Office of Research (OR) helped to stimulate the University’s research enterprise by providing tuition cost share on grants. Specifically, tuition cost share for one doctoral student was awarded if (i) the award supported the stipend of the doctoral student, (ii) the modified direct total costs were greater than $75k, and (iii) the award had full indirect cost recovery. This cost sharing approach was successful in helping to increase the number of doctoral students engaged in the research enterprise by helping to overcome tuition costs.

Recently, the Graduate College announced a new tuition remission procedure for doctoral students. This tuition remission approach and the onset of RCM budgeting, effectively gives Colleges/Schools the ability to cost share doctoral student tuition eradicating the need for the OR sponsored doctoral student tuition cost share.

Therefore, starting immediately the Office of Research will no longer provide tuition cost-share on new grants. The Office of Research will keep its commitment on existing tuition cost-sharing agreements for currently approved and funded proposals. All proposals currently in COEUS that do not have Office of Research approval will not be granted tuition cost share.

For grants that currently have OR sponsored tuition cost share, the OR, along with the Provost’s and Comptroller’s offices will work with the Colleges/Schools to transfer these funds.

When implemented, the OR sponsored tuition cost-share procedure was important for stimulating our research activities and doctoral student enrollment. The new tuition remission procedure builds off of that tradition and works well in the RCM context.

For questions, please contact Ms. Stacia Levy at