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Tips for Calculating Tuition and Fees for NIH Training Grant Proposals

Estimating Tuition and Fees

  1. Tuition:
    • Tuition assessment is based on the student's college, date of entry, curriculum, residency classification, and credit range. A good approach is to begin with the current tuition rate ( and add 10% per year for each year of the grant period.
    • Determine an appropriate ratio of in-state and out-of-state students to be supported on the grant. Past figures have shown a large percentage of trainees are out-of-state students. Therefore, when estimating tuition and fees, the estimate should be as close to reality as possible in regard to the expected number of in-state and out-of-state students. See important note below about residency status.
  2. Fees: To estimate student fee assessments use the current fee assessments with a 5% increase per year for each year of the grant period.
  3. Training grant appointments are 12-month awards. Therefore, summer tuition and fee figures should be included in the proposal. If the award begins during the middle of a summer and ends during the middle of the following summer, only one summer's tuition and fees will be covered by the grant.


Few students who enter as out-of-state qualify to become in-state residents. If a graduate student enters the graduate program as an out-of-state resident, the student will most likely remain an out-of-state resident throughout his/her academic career. The residency policy may be found at It is important to take this policy into consideration when estimating how many students to be supported on the training grant will be classified as in-state and out-of-state for purposes of tuition assessment.

Submitting Proposal to Grants and Sponsored Projects

Any grant that provides graduate fellowship or traineeship funding must be reviewed and approved by the Graduate College prior to submitting the proposal to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration (OSPRA). For more information, consult OSPRA at Please allow at least 1 working day for review and approval in the Graduate College.  If changes are required, the Graduate College will contact the appropriate contact to request the changes.


Revised August 2011