GSSP: Funding

In-State Tuition Awards
Out-of-State Tuition Remission
Health Insurance
Processing Fellowship Appointments
A Note About Allocation to Colleges
Click here for a table summarizing responsibilities for payment under the new graduate student support plan.

In-State Tuition Awards
For TAs and RAs on Academic Affairs budgets, ETF Funds, and ARS RAs
"Academic Affairs" refers to state-appropriated Ledger 2 funds, while "ETF" stands for Educational Technology Fees, which are Ledger 3 funds identified with Financial Class 23375. "ARS" refers to state-appropriated Agricultural Research Service funds under Ledger 4. Eligible students with stipends from these sources receive awards from state funds managed by the Graduate School (within the limits of the in-state tuition award slots allocated to each college).

For all other stipends
The source of the stipend (or the department/college) covers the cost of in-state tuition for eligible students. When a stipend is paid from multiple sources, each contributes to the cost of in-state tuition in proportion to the percent of the stipend that is paid from each source.

Out-of-State Tuition Remission
For all eligible students
State funds managed by the Graduate School cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition (within the limits of the tuition-remission slots allocated to each college).

Health Insurance
For TAs and RAs on Academic Affairs budgets
"Academic Affairs" refers to state-appropriated Ledger 2 funds, ETF Funds, and ARS Funds. Eligible students with stipends from this source receive health insurance from state funds managed by the Graduate School (within the limits of the health-insurance slots allocated to each college).

For all other stipends
The source of the stipend (or the department/college) covers the cost of health insurance for eligible students. When a stipend is paid from multiple sources, each contributes to the cost of health insurance in proportion to the percent of the stipend that is paid from each source.

NOTE: In order for certain stipend funding sources to provide in-state tuition awards and health insurance, the University must provide these benefits for all students who meet the registration and stipend criteria. This plan is not optional, and students who meet the stipend criteria must comply with the registration requirements. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be eligible for an appointment with a stipend that pays $666.67 or more per month and will not be eligible for benefits.

Processing Fellowship Appointments
All fellowship appointments will be entered and paid through the Human Resources System in PeopleSoft. This will allow them to be treated in the same manner as assistantships for the purpose of determining benefits and will provide a central source for information about fellowship expenditures.

For those processing fellowship appointments, the most important distinction to bear in mind is between primary and supplemental fellowships:

  • Primary fellowships are those providing annualized stipends equal to or greater than $8,000 per year (or $3,000 annualized per semester) on a monthly basis ($666.67 per month). The source of funding for these fellowships has full responsibility for the payment of health insurance and in-state tuition awards (unless the source of funding excludes such payments, in which case the college or department must assume responsibility for the costs).
  • Supplemental fellowships are those providing annualized stipends less than $8,000 per year (or $3,000 annualized per semester) or those providing payments in lump sums. The source of funding for these fellowships has no responsibility for payment of any of the benefits in the Graduate Student Support /Full-time Enrollment Plan, and the value of these fellowships is not counted toward eligibility for these benefits.

A Note About Allocation to Colleges
State funds managed by the Graduate School are currently limited to covering the number and distribution (in-state vs. out-of-state, U.S. vs. international) of eligible students enrolled in Spring and Fall. Slots have been allocated to each college at NC State based upon these statistics. Since participation in this plan is mandatory for all eligible students, any college that exceeds its number of slots must provide these benefits out of its own (college or department) funds. In addition, if the source of funding for an eligible assistantship or fellowship does not pay for in-state tuition and/or health insurance, the department or college must provide these benefits out of its own funds for the length of the student's eligibility (out-of-state tuition remission is paid for, up to the number of available slots, with state funds administered by the Graduate School).