As specified in the OSU Tuition Remission Policy, only academic units may award tuition remissions. Administrative units may award tuition remissions indirectly by supplying associated stipend dollars to an academic unit to be used to recruit an eligible graduate student.
The OSU Tuition Remission Policy defines academic units as "all academic Colleges including the Graduate School and interdisciplinary degree programs reporting to the Dean of the Graduate School."
Administrative units may continue to use graduate assistants, but they must do so by coupling their stipend funds to a tuition remission by partnering with an academic unit/program.
Graduate assistant tuition remissions are used as part of financial packages to recruit and retain academically superior graduate students to OSU. To maximize the use of graduate tuition remission resources, only academic programs may determine the quality and competitiveness of graduate students to be recruited to OSU.
To achieve policy objectives, an administrative unit is required to collaborate with an academic unit prior to the beginning of the graduate assistant hiring process. The following describes the steps required to engage in administrative and academic unit partnerships for the purpose of hiring graduate assistants:
Note: All academic units as defined above have full authority to extend offers and process graduate assistantship appointments regardless of the program of enrollment of the appointee. Academic units are encouraged to consult with the student's academic home to ensure his/her academic progress warrants the appointment.
The Resolution adopted by the council of Graduate Schools (CGS) concerning offers of financial support and their acceptance during the graduate student recruitment cycle may be downloaded from the CGS web site http://cgsnet.org/april-15-resolution. This long-standing policy states that, "students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution." Offers of financial support include scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, or assistantships. Signing bonuses should also be considered offers of financial support. This Resolution also states that, "...acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made." Oregon State University is a participant in this Resolution, and as such, we seek your assistance in complying with its terms. Please read the Resolution carefully so that all parties understand the expectations implicit in agreements for financial support.