Doctoral Tuition Benefits
UTEP is committed to providing financial/tuition support to all doctoral students. Support of doctoral students in research focused programs is especially important since students in these programs: (a) enroll full time, (b) work 20 hours/week as student employees, and (c) engage in research throughout their graduate career.
As a state institution, UTEP cannot waive tuition, but our tuition benefits program helps offset the cost of tuition. The Graduate School works with many units across campus to provide tuition benefits for many of our doctoral students.
Tuition Benefits (effective Fall 2022)
- $2000 per semester for eligible doctoral students taking 9 semester credit hours (SCH)
- $1000 per semester for eligible students taking less than 9 SCH, provided they are enrolled in dissertation
- Provided only during fall and spring semesters.
The tuition benefit program will become effective beginning fall semester 2022.
To be eligible for tuition benefits students must:
- Have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on record (if US citizen or resident). The FAFSA must be on record before the semester begins. Students who file the FAFSA late will be eligible the following semester.
- Be employed and working 20 hours/week and employed as a Doctoral Assistant, Doctoral Teaching Assistant, Doctoral Research Associate, or Doctoral Assistant Instructor.
- Be enrolled for 9 SCH or enrolled in dissertation.
- Be in good standing in doctoral program, as demonstrated by progress toward milestones documented in yearly Individualized Development Plan submitted to the Graduate School.
To support our research mission and comply with federal regulations (Uniform Guidance (UG), 2 CFR 200.431(j) and 2 CFR 200.466), all students appointed as Doctoral Research Associates will receive tuition benefits (provided they meet all eligibility criteria) for up to 6 years. Doctoral students who enter their 6th year in the program are no longer eligible for tuition benefits, even if appointed as a Doctoral Research Associate.
Doctoral students appointed under other titles (Doctoral Assistant, Doctoral Teaching Assistant, Doctoral Assistant Instructor) may receive tuition benefits for up to 2 years if funding is available.
Students do NOT apply for tuition benefits.
The Graduate School works with the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, doctoral programs, and Colleges to identify students who are eligible for tuition benefits and applies these benefits.