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Resident Tuition Rate

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Current Graduate Assistants

Graduate assistants who work a minimum of 195 semester hours and meet the registration requirements are eligible to receive a non-resident waiver during that semester. If you do not receive the non-resident waiver, contact Graduate Assistant Employment office.

Eligibility for the resident tuition rate reduction also applies to immediate family members (spouse, *spouse-same sex, *registered same-sex domestic partner, children, or legal ward living in the household) upon documentation. Acceptable documentation includes a marriage license (in English or an English translation), a birth certificate, same-sex *domestic partnership documentation, or a visa.

Former Graduate Assistants

Former graduate assistants, who have completed two semesters of a graduate assistantship at 195 semester hours, and their immediate family members (spouse,*spouse-same sex, *registered same-sex domestic partner, children, or legal ward living in the household) may be eligible to receive resident tuition rate reductions for up to four semesters, based on the number of qualifying GA appointments. The resident tuition rate reduction must be used within three years of the date of the last qualifying semester. Contact the GAE office to document eligibility (documentation includes a marriage license in English or an English translation, a birth certificate, *same-sex domestic partnership documentation, or a visa). Retroactive requests for resident rate reductions will not be considered beyond one academic year from the current semester.

*Same-sex marriage was legalized in Minnesota on August 1, 2013. Same-sex domestic partner non-resident waiver coverage will not be offered after December 31, 2014, since non-resident waiver benefits for same-sex spouses is now available. This is consistent with the benefits offerings for opposite-sex couples.

Eligibility Chart

Number of Eligible Graduate Assistant Semesters Number of semesters that May Qualify for Resident Rate Tuition
1 0 A minimum of two semesters holding a graduate assistantship are required for eligibility for one or two semesters of resident rate tuition
2 2 total semesters available to be used by either the former graduate assistant or qualifying immediate family member
3 3 total semesters available to be used by either the former graduate assistant or qualifying immediate family member
4 or more 4 total semesters available to be used by either the former graduate assistant or qualifying immediate family member.

Four is the maximum number of semesters to which a resident rate tuition reduction is allowed.

The resident tuition rate reduction must be used within three years of the date of the last qualifying semester. Contact GAES to document eligibility. Documentation includes a marriage license in English or an English translation, a birth certificate, same-sex domestic partnership documentation, or a visa.  Retroactive requests for resident tuition rate reductions will not be considered beyond one academic year from the date of the semester in which the request is made.

Graduate assistants must make sure that their account is paid by the payment due date. If tuition benefits are not reflected on the billing statement, do not ignore. Tuition benefits and non-resident waivers will post to the Students' Account after each semester begins, once appointment information is updated by the hiring department. Check billing statements carefully to ensure tuition benefits are properly credited. If the graduate student does nothing, non-refundable late fees may be assessed.

If a bill is received that is believed to be incorrect, the employing department and/or GAES are to be immediately contacted to resolve the problem.

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