OSU graduate appointments and eligibility
All graduate students who meet the following criteria are eligible to hold a graduate appointment. See the Graduate Appointments section in the Catalog.
- Be a regularly admitted, conditionally admitted, or provisionally admitted graduate student at Oregon State University (i.e., not a graduate non-degree-seeking, postbaccalaureate student, or PharmD, DPT, or DVM student).
- Be enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking graduate student at Oregon State University, completing a minimum of 12 credits of instruction each term (3 credits during summer session if on appointment). Audit registrations, course withdrawals, and enrollment in INTO OSU may not be used to satisfy these minimum enrollment requirements.
- Be making satisfactory progress toward an advanced degree as defined by the Graduate School and the student’s program.
Eligible graduate students may hold the following type of appointment:
- Graduate Fellowship (GF) appointments are awarded tuition waivers and other scholarship funds for which specific duties or work effort are not required. The Graduate School has a yearly budget to provide tuition support for fellowship appointments. Tuition support for qualified fellowships awarded as waivers, i.e. full tuition scholarships, directly applied against tuition charges on a student account for up to 12 credits each term, with no provision for summer tuition support.
For Graduate Assistantship appointments, visit the OSU graduate tuition remission policy.
OSU graduate tuition waiver policy for fellowships and targeted non-appointment support
- Units are responsible for appointing Graduate Fellowships as a condition to award tuition waivers and stipends, whether the waiver is supported by the Graduate School, academic unit, or directly by the fellowship award.
- University units eligible to award tuition waivers to graduate fellowship appointments include all academic colleges including the Graduate School and interdisciplinary degree programs reporting to the Dean of the Graduate School.
- The Graduate School's tuition waiver funding is subject to annual budget availability and must be requested each year by the student's program. The Graduate School may be unable to consider any tuition support requests not submitted by the third Monday in February in advance of the academic year of requested support.
- Graduate Fellows whose stipends are paid by an eligible university unit via approved OSU Foundation funds may receive a tuition waiver upon the recommendation of the unit and the approval of the Graduate School. Tuition waivers on formal Graduate Fellowship appointments will be assessed at resident rates. The stipend level must meet or exceed the minimum 0.49 FTE graduate appointment level published annually by the Graduate School.
- Graduate Fellows whose stipends are paid by an eligible university unit or directly by the institution via competitive training grants and/or portable external fellowships may receive a tuition waiver upon the recommendation of the unit and the approval of the Graduate School. Tuition waivers on formal Graduate Fellowship appointments will be assessed at resident rates. The tuition waiver may be cost shared, depending upon the education allowance provided for tuition, if such cost sharing has prior approval of the Graduate School and the Research Office. The stipend level must meet or exceed the minimum 0.49 FTE graduate appointment level published annually by the Graduate School.
- Graduate students, including international students, who are not on assistantship or fellowship appointment, may be awarded a Laurels Block Grant Scholarship for a full or partial tuition waiver upon recommendation of the unit and with the approval of the Graduate Dean. Laurels Scholarships will be allocated to programs by the Graduate School on an annual basis via a competitive selection process. The goal for use of these funds is that at least half of the funds will be allocated during the graduate student recruiting phase and committed by April 15 each year.
- The Graduate School Dean will have authority to award targeted graduate tuition waivers to eligible students not on assistantship or fellowship appointment who do not fall into the categories provided by items #3 through #5 above if doing so meets other institutional interests in diversity, enrollment goals, faculty productivity, student retention, or student success.
Tuition Waiver Guidelines
- The Graduate School will be responsible for conducting a review of these policies annually in consultation with the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, deans, directors, and others with direct responsibility for graduate fellowship appointments.
The Graduate School will have the authority to provide tuition waivers to students not appointed on formalized assistantships to support recruitment and enrollment goals, including, but not limited to:
- Diversity Advancement Fellowship
- McNair Scholars
- PNNL-OSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program
- Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Awards
- Thesis or Dissertation Completion Award
- Thurgood Marshall Graduate Awardees
- Tuition waiver requests must be submitted annually to the Graduate School no later than the third Monday in February to qualify for full or partial support in the coming academic year.
- Tuition waiver funding provided to the Graduate School cannot be used to support students appointed on Graduate Assistantships, except through the Laurels Grant Block program or by approved exception to policy by the Graduate School Dean.
- Tuition waivers are provided on a per-term basis so support for part of an academic year is possible.
The Graduate School will annually assess the use and distribution of tuition waivers from Graduate School waiver funding sources.