The University of Alabama will pay
in-state tuition of eligible graduate assistants who satisfy the
Admitted as a degree candidate and
enrolled in Graduate or Law School
Appointed as a Graduate Teaching,
Research, or Administrative Assistant and assigned to a permanently
budgeted position line designated for that purpose
Paid in accordance with the
approved institutional pay scale
Maintain a B average grade (3.0)
throughout the appointment (please see exceptions to this rule
Assigned to activities under the
supervision of the Office for Academic Affairs or the Alabama
Have a Memorandum of Appointment on file
in the appointing department, and
Must begin the appointment prior to the
last day to add or drop a class.
Assistants who meet these criteria and
who are assigned duties of 0.50 FTE or more may receive tuition support
equal to their tuition. This tuition will be paid from designated
permanently budgeted tuition lines, which have been established by
Academic Affairs in each college.
Those assistants assigned to duties of
less than 0.50 FTE will receive tuition support at the ratio of assigned
FTE to 0.50 FTE. Total tuition support is limited in all cases to full
tuition for nine hours or the actual cost, whichever is less.
Requirements to maintain a B grade
average will apply to students with unconditional (regular) admission
status only after earning 12 semester hours. (The former policy
placed an unconditionally admitted student on academic warning after as
few as 6 semester hours.)
Students with conditional admission status, in
addition to students with regular admission, may hold any type of assistantship
i.e. the B average grade requirement does not apply whilst they are on
conditional status. All other conditions apply. However, a graduate teaching
assistant holding conditional admission status who obtains a cumulative GPA of
less than 3.0 prior to meeting the condition of admission will not be allowed
to retain the teaching assistantship during the next term of enrollment. For
example, if a conditional admit takes nine credits during the first semester of
enrollment and obtains a 2.5 GPA that student may continue to take courses to
meet the condition (a 3.0 average on the first 12 hours), but will not be
allowed to retain the teaching assistantship. The student would be permitted to
hold a research assistantship.
As indicated above, only graduate
assistants paid from permanently budgeted lines will qualify for tuition
support from this program. For those assistants paid from sources other
than permanently budgeted positions, the source of funds used to create
the position should also provide the tuition support.
During summer term, students who are
appointed to assistantships under this program are not required to
enroll in classes.
Please note that the following students
may not hold an assistantship:
on academic warning.
Students who have provisional language admission are eligible to hold
only externally funded research assistantships.
Only graduate students are allowed to hold graduate assistantships.
have not yet earned a baccalaureate, even if they are
participating in programs such as the University Honors Program, are not
allowed to hold graduate assistantships.
For those students
who are appointed as assistants under the above conditions and who have
out-of-state residency status tuition support will be given on the same
basis. The same limits apply in respect of the amount of tuition support
available i.e. maximum nine hours or actual cost, whichever is greater.
However, only those out-of-state resident assistants with FTE 0.25 and
above will be eligible for out-of-state tuition support.
A special tuition
break exists for out-of-state resident students for the interim and
summer terms where they are appointed graduate assistants during the
preceding spring semester. Regardless of whether or not they hold an
appointment in the interim or summer terms, they will be entitled to
receive tuition awards for the summer term that will reduce their
out-of-state tuition charges. The amount of
the award will be based upon the FTE level of their spring
assistantship. The student will be liable for the full amount of base or
in-state rate tuition charges under his arrangement.
The Provost publishes
minimum stipend rates for graduate assistantships before the start of
each academic year. Only assistantships paid at or above the minimum
rate qualify for tuition support.
assistants paid from restricted funds, self-supporting budgets, soft
money budgets, and auxiliary budgets, the source of funds used to
create the position must also provide the tuition support.
If students are
eligible for tuition support from third parties, those parties will be
billed first. If the support from this program and a third party exceeds
the total cost of tuition, the student is not eligible to receive
a cash payment for the excess amount.
as set out above also apply without exception to all non-permanent
All non-native speakers of English must
successfully complete the University’s International Teaching Assistant
Program (ITAP) before they can hold a teaching assistantship (category
4005 and 4001 occupation codes).
CONTRACTS AND GRANTS
Generally, the terms and conditions
of the agreement will apply to determining the tuition entitlement
for graduate assistants. Federal requirements stipulate that all
policies and qualifying criteria for other assistantship types will
also apply to Sponsored Program awards.
In-state tuition support is available
from grant funds – permanent budgets are not available to cover
in-state tuition not provided by the contract or grant.
Tuition support for out-of-state
graduate assistants paid from contracts and grants will be charged to those
contracts and grants. If the funding agency’s
policy will not include sufficient budget for out-of-state tuition charges,
in these special cases the Graduate School will give tuition support to reduce
the tuition charges to the in-state rate.
To maintain comparability with other graduate assistants, students supported under contracts and grants will be entitled to receive the same break for interim and summer out-of-state tuition where they held a graduate assistantship during the previous spring semester
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