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Board of Trustees (BOT) or Graduate College Tuition Waivers

Board of Trustees (BOT) Waivers are awarded by the Graduate College and individual graduate programs. The OSFA disburses the waivers but does not determine recipients. A student must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at least 12 or more hours during the fall and spring semesters (6 or more during summer) at the end of the add/drop period for the waiver to pay. BOT waiver recipients must NOT have eligibility for a waiver from any other source (for example, an assistantship waiver) in order to remain eligible. If a student receives a waiver, his/her loan eligibility may be affected. For more information about Board of Trustees or Graduate College waivers, please see the Graduate College website.
Students must report wavers to the OSFA upon receiving their electronic award letter.

Child of Employee Tuition Waiver (CETW)

The Child of Employee 50% Tuition Waiver (CETW) is available for undergraduate children of Illinois senior public university employees at participant schools. Fees and charges other than tuition are not included in this waiver. For detailed information about the policy, eligibility and application for the CETW waiver, please visit the Human Resource website.

Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver

The Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is awarded for four consecutive years at the University of Illinois to natural or legally adopted children of service members who are veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The following are limitations to the Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver:

  • One tuition waiver will be given per county, per war.
  • Candidates must be permanent residents of the Illinois County from which they apply.
  • The tuition waiver covers in state tuition for undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the University of Illinois.
  • Students must submit copies of ACT/SAT scores each year they apply, as prior year applications are not reviewed.
  • Students must complete the application by March 1 for the upcoming academic year.

Applications are available each December 1st. The priority application deadline is March 1st, and all applicants are notified by April 1st. All applications for the three University of Illinois campuses are reviewed in Urbana-Champaign and must be submitted accordingly.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

The Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver is available for undergraduate and graduate students who are 65 or over, Illinois residents, live in a low-income household (see application for details), are admitted to UIC and have completed the waiver application. The waiver covers tuition only. The application can be found here.


Students with assistantship appointments may qualify to have tuition and some fees waived. To be eligible, the assistantship must be between 25%-67% and cover at least 91 continuous days of the fall or spring semesters (41 days for summer appointments). Visit the Human Resources website for more information. Students receive a monthly stipend from their hiring department that varies according to hours worked. Students must maintain enrollment in at least 8 credit hours for fall and spring and 3 hours for summer. For more information, see the Graduate College website.

Students must report waivers to the OSFA upon receiving their electronic award letter.

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