Nonresident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) fellowship – a new program
Dear Graduate Program Chairs,
Nonresident supplemental tuition (NRST) for graduate students has been a persistent concern of faculty and the administration for many years. Although a number of policies have been adopted to mitigate the impact of NRST and the rate has not increased for 10 years (except for a technical shift of a small amount from tuition to NRST in 2011-12), NRST remains an obstacle to achieving our aspirations for excellence in graduate education.
As you know, present UC policy is that nonresident doctoral students do not pay NRST for a period of three years after they advance to candidacy. As a next step to mitigate the NRST challenge, we will adopt a new policy for doctoral students who remain in candidacy beyond the three year waiver period. These students will be eligible to receive a non-competitive fellowship to offset the cost of NRST each quarter using new funding approved by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter. The new policy will require a simple application in Spring Quarter for the following academic year with a request to approve the NRST fellowship for up to three quarters. The NRST fellowship may be renewed for a second year. The Major Professor and Program Chair or Graduate Adviser will be required to endorse the application. The goal of this policy is to ensure that students are able to complete their degrees in a timely manner based on academic, rather than financial, considerations.
This new program will be in effect for Fall Quarter 2013. Additional details and the application materials will be available in June. In the meantime, please share this announcement with faculty and students in your program.