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Doctoral Tuition Remission


UTEP is committed to providing tuition remission to all doctoral students. Support of doctoral students in research/scholarship-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 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

  • $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. 


To be eligible for doctoral tuition remission, students must:

  • Be employed and working 20 hours/week as a Doctoral Research Associate.
    • The hiring department must submit the student appointment before Census Day of the fall and/or spring semester.
    • 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 (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 in good standing in doctoral program, as demonstrated by progress toward milestones documented in yearly Individualized Development Plan submitted to the Graduate School.

Student Employment Guidelines

All students appointed as Doctoral Research Associates will receive tuition remission (provided they meet all eligibility criteria) for up to 6 years to support our research mission and comply with federal regulations (Uniform Guidance (UG), 2 CFR 200.431(j) and 2 CFR 200.466). 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. Doctoral RAs must be appointed for at least two and a half (2.5) months out of the semester to qualify for tuition remission.

Students do NOT apply for tuition remission.

The Graduate School works with the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, doctoral programs, and Colleges 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.