Tuition Waiver: Wave Your Tuition "Goodbye"
A tuition waiver is a type of financial award where a university relinquishes its right to charge you tuition. That's right – the tuition simply vanishes! These waivers are granted primarily based on the strengths of your application. Sometimes, your "status" is a factor if you're a minority, ex-military, ex-Peace Corps, or other privileged category. The beauty about waivers that they have no strings attached. Tuition waiver should only interest you if you're applying to master's programs, since doctorate programs have tuition waivers built into them. Now, there are a few things you should know about waivers...
Types of Tuition Waivers
Tuition waivers come in two flavors: partial and full. A partial waiver is simply a credit toward your tuition, resulting in a reduced expense. A full tuition waiver means that you have to pay no tuition whatsoever. Not a penny! Note that even if you receive a full waiver, you'll still be responsible for miscellaneous program fees. Typically these are in the hundreds of dollars, so they won't break the bank.
How to Apply for a Tuition Waiver
The best way to find out about tuition waivers is to visit a school's web site or call the department directly. In many cases, applicants are automatically considered for waivers upon applying. In other cases, a separate application has to be submitted. If you have special status (e.g., minority, ex-military, ex-Peace Corps, etc.), we recommend that you call to inquire about a tuition waiver earmarked for that purpose.