The North Carolina Legislature, the University, the Graduate School
and the Department of Economics are all involved in the provision of tuition
support and the requirements for eligibility. In particular, the North
Carolina Legislature provides the required exemption for the out-of-state
portion of the tuition while the University employer pays the in-state portion
of the tuition.
Graduate School and University Requirements for
The University limits tuition support to 10 semesters. Students may
receive tuition support through more than one department but the total tuition
support is limited to at most 10 semesters.
Students must be receiving a stipend as a University fellowship student,
a teaching assistant, or a research assistant in order to be eligible for
tuition support. Each year, the Graduate School sets the minimum stipend
required for tuition support eligibility, and the standard departmental stipend
is at least the minimum.
The University has four graduate tuition levels corresponding to the number
of hours of class enrollment: 0-2.9 hours, 3-5.9 hours, 6-8.9 hours, and
9 or greater. If a student changes tuition levels after the first week of
classes, the Graduate School may hold the student responsible for part of
the tuition. Be sure to talk with the Director of Graduate Studies if you
are considering dropping a class during the semester.
Departmental Requirements for Tuition Support
Students must be making good academic progress and fulfilling their teaching
and research assistant duties in order to be considered for financial support,
including tuition support. (Note that the Graduate School must approve all
tuition support so the correct wording is that the Department recommends to
the Graduate School that a student be given tuition support.) Receiving
a stipend does not guarantee tuition support but most (>95%) of the students
on departmental support also receive tuition support.