NRST Programs & Flexible Fund

NRST Remission Initiative Program

The Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) Remission Initiative Program provides NRST fellowship support to international PhD and MFA students in an effort to reduce costs on faculty grants and departmental funds. 

  • Cohorts enrolling before 2015 – No NRST support

  • Cohorts enrolling 2015-2018: NRST support for years 2 through 4 for PhD students and 2 and 3 for MFA students for students who are employed or on fellowships of equivalent levels that would typically generate remission (25% time for ASE or GSR, equivalent level for fellowship).

  • Cohorts enrolling 2019-2020:  NRST years 2 through 4 for PhD students and years 2 and 3 for MFA students who hold a remission-eligible appointment in an ASE (Teaching Assistant/Associate, Reader or Tutor) or GSR title at a minimum of 25% time. 

  • Cohorts enrolling 2021 and beyond:  NRST for years 2 and 3 for PhD and MFA students who are employed or on fellowships of equivalent levels that would typically generate remission (25% time for ASE or GSR, equivalent level for fellowship).

Students must also meet all other academic requirements for fellowship support (i.e. grades, GPA, etc.) in order to receive NRST support from this program.

NRST Remission Program

Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) appointed at a minimum of 25% FTE are eligible for the NRST Remission benefit associated with the title. The NRST Remission Program is a benefit of GSR employment for doctoral students until they advance to candidacy, see below. GSRs receiving support thru the NRST Remission Initiative Program above, do not qualify. 



NRST Reduction Program (International Students)

Nonresident doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible for a 100% reduction in the non-resident supplemental tuition (NRST) for a maximum of three consecutive calendar years including time on leave of absence. The reduction in NRST begins with the first academic term following advancement to candidacy, and is based on the prevailing NRST rate for the year it is applied. Any nonresident student who continues to be registered, or who re-registers following the three-year maximum allowance, will be charged the full NRST rate that is in effect at that time of enrollment. The student must be advanced to candidacy as of the first day of the quarter to qualify for the NRST reduction. A nonresident student is eligible for the reduced NRST for only one doctoral degree when he or she is enrolled at the University.



Graduate Student Support Flexible Fund

At the request of Provost Lavernia, we have combined several smaller funding sources into a Flexible Fund. Each school receives a Flexible Fund each year. The funds will be restricted to graduate student support, but otherwise can be used to meet units’ highest priority needs, including but not limited to:

  • GSR remission support
  • Recruitment costs
  • Travel reimbursement Additional TA or remission funding
  • Professional development

School Flex Fund accounts will have the total balance/allocation and carry forward deposited soon after the final allocation letter has been distributed (after the third week of classes when actual enrollments have been determined).


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