Graduate Tuition Scholarship Eligibility

Graduate students must be full time, matriculated students to be eligible to receive Graduate Tuition Scholarship (GTS) funds. Enrollment in undergraduate level courses does not contribute to full time status and tuition charges relating to undergraduate courses are not covered by GTS funds.

In order to minimize GTS expenditures, all eligible graduate students are required to obtain New York State residency in order to benefit from in-state tuition rates. Generally, NYS residency can be achieved by the beginning of the second semester for domestic students who previously resided outside NYS. Failure to obtain NYS residency status in the timeframe outlined above may result in tuition liability for students since GTS awards will be limited to the NYS tuition rate after the first semester. Beginning in the second semester of study, GTS recipients who are eligible to receive New York State residency but who do not obtain NYS residency will be billed for the difference between the in-state and out-of-state rates. Students who are not eligible for NYS residency, including most international students, will not be billed for the tuition difference.

Students who neglect to submit their tuition scholarship and TAP forms by the published deadlines will be held liable for the entire tuition.

Graduate tuition scholarships may be offered according to the following schedule only.

  • Doctoral students with full stipend support will receive a full tuition scholarship at in-state or out-of-state rate, subject to the residency requirements described above.
  • Doctoral students with partial stipend support will receive a partial tuition scholarship that is pro-rated to their level of support at in-state or out-of-state rate, subject to the residency requirements described above.
  • Master's students with full stipend support will receive full GTS at in-state rate only.
  • Master’s students with partial stipend support will receive a partial tuition scholarship that is pro-rated to their level of support at in-state rate.
  • Graduate students who do not receive stipend support are not eligible for tuition scholarships.

When a graduate program's annual tuition scholarship allocation is not sufficient to provide maximum tuition scholarship support, partial tuition scholarship awards are permitted. When graduate programs award partial tuition scholarships, such awards must be made in an equitable manner among all students within the same academic status.