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Minimum Days Needed for an Appointment to Generate a Waiver

To be eligible for an assistantship tuition and fee waiver, a student must hold an appointment between 25%-67% for at least  three-fourths of the academic term. This is defined as 91 days of a fall or spring term, or 41 days of summer term. The dates used to meet the criteria of See Assistantship Policies in the Graduate College Handbook.


Summer 2023 Dates

  • Appointments that begin on the first day of class, May 15, 2023, must go through at least June 24, 2023.
  • Appointments that end on the last day of finals, August 5, 2023, must begin no later than June 26, 2023.

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Fall 2023 Dates

  • The 91-day period must be contained in the period between the first day of class and the last day of final exams (August 21, 2023, and December 15, 2023).
  • The standard fall appointment period for assistantships is August 16, 2023-December 31, 2023, and any appointment for this period will meet the 91-day rule.
  • Additionally, appointments that begin on the first day of class, August 21, 2023, must go through at least November 19, 2023.
  • Appointments that end on the last day of finals, December 15, 2023, must begin no later than September 16, 2023.

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Spring 2024 Dates

  • The 91-day period must be contained in the period between the first day of class and the last day of final exams (January 16, 2024, and May 10, 2024).
  • The standard spring appointment period for assistantships is January 1, 2024-May 15, 2024, and any appointment for this period will meet the requirement.
  • Additionally, appointments that begin on the first day of class, January 16, 2024, must go through at least April 15, 2024.
  • Appointments that end on the last day of finals, May 10, 2024, must begin no later than February 10, 2024.

The academic calendar used for reference can be found at: https://senate.illinois.edu/a_calendar.asp. Students in approved cost-recovery and self-supporting programs are not eligible to hold waiver-generating appointments. For more information, consult the campus Tuition Waiver Policy.