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Doctoral Tuition Remission


UTEP provides tuition remission to doctoral students who:

(a) are enrolled full time,

(b) work 20 hours/week for the entire semester as student employees,

(c) are in good academic standing, and

(d) engage in research/scholarship.

As a state institution, UTEP cannot waive tuition, but our tuition remission program helps offset the cost of tuition.  The Graduate School works with many units across campus to provide tuition remission for many of our doctoral students.

Tuition Remission

  • Students appointed as Doctoral Research Associates (RAs) for 20 hours/week for the entire semester will receive full tuition coverage (9SCH/semester) for up to six years. Doctoral students who enter their 7th year in the program are no longer eligible for tuition remission, even if appointed as a Doctoral Research Associate.
  • For all other eligible Graduate Student Employee positions (Doctoral Teaching Assistant, Doctoral Assistant Instructor, or Doctoral Assistant), approximately 60% of tuition will be covered for students in years 1-3 of their doctoral program.
  • Doctoral tuition remission is provided only during fall and spring semesters. 


To be eligible for doctoral tuition remission, students must:

  • Be employed and working 20 hours/week as a Doctoral Research Associate (RA), Doctoral Teaching Assistant (TA), Doctoral Assistant Instructor (AI), or Doctoral Assistant (DA).
    • The hiring department must submit the student appointment before Census Day of the fall and/or spring semester.
    • Students must be appointed for the full semester to qualify for tuition remission.
    • Students appointed after Census Day will not receive tuition remission from the Graduate School.
  • Be enrolled for 9 SCH or enrolled in dissertation (6398/6399).
  • Have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on record (only required for US citizens or residents).
    • The FAFSA must be on record before the semester begins.
  • Be in good standing in doctoral program, as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.0 or above and progress toward milestones documented in yearly Individualized Development Plan submitted to the Graduate School at

Student Employment Guidelines

Students do NOT apply for tuition remission.

The Graduate School works with other campus offices to identify students who are eligible for tuition remission and applies that tuition support to student accounts.

Students receiving full tuition coverage through another internal or external funding source are not eligible for doctoral tuition remission.