Wichita State University aims to attract and retain high quality graduate students by offering competitive assistantships and tuition support to our research assistants. This policy establishes all externally funded sponsored projects that provide an assistantship or hourly compensation to WSU graduate students must also include in-state tuition for the student.
OMB 2 CFR 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, which sets the rules regarding eligibility and allowable costs in sponsored research, development, and related works for the Federal Government, specifically allows for tuition support.
Non-resident to Resident Tuition Waiver
Non-resident graduate assistants who have an appointment equal or greater than .40 EFT, which corresponds to approximately 16 hours per week, are eligible, pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Kansas Board of Regents, for waiver of non-resident tuition to resident tuition. This tuition waiver is for the actual semester of appointment and does not include waiver of student fees. Graduate assistants must provide service from the 20th day of the semester through the remainder of the semester to be eligible for the non-resident to resident tuition waiver. See Section 8.04, Graduate Assistantships, for more detail regarding the non-resident to resident tuition benefit.
All sponsored budget requests that include support for graduate students to carry out the proposed work must include the current in-state portion of tuition. This is applicable to both graduate research assistantships and hourly compensation, so long as they meet sponsor budget guidelines with respect to tuition charges. For Federal grants, this includes the requirement that the student activities are related to the degree program (the full set of requirements can be found in CFR section §200.466 - Scholarships and Student Aid Costs). Graduate student researchers with appointments corresponding to 0.40 EFT or greater will receive the full in-state tuition rate, whereas awards requesting appointments less than 0.40 EFT can prorate the in-state tuition accordingly.
This policy is applicable in all instances, regardless of funding source, unless specifically disallowed by the sponsoring agency. Exceptions must be formally requested to the Pre-Award Director, which should include a detailed accounting of the full project budget and why including the in-state tuition represents an undue burden. All exceptions requests will be decided on by the Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President of Research and Technology Transfer.