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Training Grant and External Fellowship Tuition Relief

Reference:Point 7 within the OSU Graduate Tuition Remission Allocation Model located on Page 8 of Graduate Tuition Remission Policy document.

Scope:This program provides graduate tuition support for graduate fellows or trainees whose stipends are paid by an eligible university unit or directly by the institution via competitive training grants and/or portable external fellowships (e.g., NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship Program, etc.) in which the cost of education allowance falls short of meeting the tuition needs of fellows or trainees, and whose stipends provide a stipend value equivalent to that provided by at least a .49 FTE graduate assistantship as specified by the minimum recommended stipend guidelines published annually by the Graduate School.

Intent:The intent of this program is to maximize the value of traineeships and fellowships by supplementing cost of education allowances that do not cover the full instructional fees of graduate students funded by such programs.

Criteria:To be eligible, students must a) be regularly admitted, provisionally admitted, or tentatively admitted graduate students at OSU; b) be enrolled as full-time students, completing a minimum of 12 credits of state-supported instruction each term; and c) be making satisfactory progress toward an advanced degree. Eligible students must receive training grant or external fellowship stipends equivalent to that of at least a .49 FTE graduate assistantship as specified by the minimum recommended stipend guidelines established by the Graduate School for the year of the award period.

Procedures:Academic units seeking tuition support for their eligible trainees and fellows must submit a written request to the Graduate School specifying a) the name, student ID, student residency status, and academic program in which the trainee or fellow is enrolled, b) the name of the training grant and principal investigator or the name of the external fellowship, c) the trainee's or fellow's stipend level, duration of appointment, stipend distribution schedule, d) the cost of education allowance provided by the training grant or fellowship, and e) the amount required to meet the full instructional costs (tuition) for the trainee or fellow.

Award Level:Tuition support will be based upon the resources available in the cost of education allowance, the graduate student's residency status, and the amount of shortfall in meeting the instructional fee requirements of the trainee or fellow. Tuition support will be applied toward instructional fees only. The cost of education allowance is primarily responsible for paying the trainee or fellow's instructional fees. Tuition support may be awarded on a full-year or partial year basis, depending on the duration and distribution of the training grant or fellowship stipend.

Award Distribution:Tuition support will be posted directly to the student's account as a scholarship at the beginning of each academic term during the award period, pending the student's eligibility and 12-credit enrollment for the term.

Deadline:To be given priority consideration, academic units must submit requests to the Graduate School by February 15 each year. After the priority deadline, requests will be considered on a rolling basis as funds are available.