Fellowships are administered by the departments that receive them and do not fall under Policy 7170.
The Graduate College may process fee waivers for students receiving graduate fellowships if requested by the department.
A graduate fellowship is an award given to a graduate student that provides financial support for study leading to a graduate degree. This financial support consists of three components: (1) regular participatory support payments (sometimes called a stipend) distributed over the duration of the fellowship, (2) payment of resident tuition and fees (usually called a tuition and fee waiver by the university), and (3) payment or waiver of non-resident tuition. Since these three components mirror the financial support provided under a graduate assistantship, there is often confusion, but graduate assistants are employees of the university, whereas graduate fellows are not employees. It is this employment relationship with the university that is the distinguishing feature between a graduate fellowship and a graduate assistantship. The graduate college must receive a copy of the fellowship agreement.
The graduate college will administer the tuition waiver in the same manner as for graduate assistantships, via the tuition waiver request form.