Academic programs that use a service-based pricing tuition structure are required to operate in a fully self-supporting manner with tuition revenue being the primary source of funding for operational activities. These programs are intended for non-traditional student populations and offer some combination of accelerated curricula, distance education delivery, and other flexibilities needed by non-traditional students. When these program options were created it was not anticipated that graduate students in these programs would pursue on-campus employment opportunities like graduate assistantships. Part of the compensation for graduate assistantships is remission of tuition charges when the position is at least 33.3% of one FTE. When students enrolled in service-based pricing programs are hired into traditional graduate assistantship positions, the tuition remission associated with the assistantship compromised the operational revenue of the program. Despite proactive communication to limit or prevent these students from accepting these types of positions, there is no mechanism in the hiring process to identify students in these programs and restrict them from being hired into graduate assistantships. As a result, programs have experienced revenue losses due to these tuition remissions. This policy seeks to clarify when and if students enrolled in service-based pricing academic programs are allowed to be hired into graduate assistantships and what the responsibilities students, programs, departments, and central campus administration have in the employment eligibility determination process.
Students enrolled in a program that utilizes a service-based pricing tuition structure.