Graduate Student Salary & Tuition Costs


At UF, Graduate Research Assistant reasonable compensation for work performed is comprised of two components, salary and tuition remission.

  • Salary component is budgeted for in the personnel or salary budget line.
  • Tuition component is normally budgeted for in the other expenses budget line.

Graduate Student Salary

When budgeting for a graduate student salary on a sponsored project please use at least the Graduate Assistant Minimum Salaries level. However, check with your Department’s Fiscal office to determine what the appropriate graduate student salary should be in your academic unit.

Tuition on Sponsored Projects

At UF, tuition remission is considered a component of a graduate research assistant compensation package for the work performed while on appointment.

All proposals, including resubmissions, competing renewals and supplements that include salary support for graduate research assistants and where tuition is not prohibited by the sponsor, must also include the appropriate tuition amount in the budget.

2018-2019 Graduate Student Tuition

All non-College of Engineering students and resident College of Engineering

      Fall 2018:         $10,770

      Fall 2019:          $11,848 (10% increase)

      Fall 2020:          $13,033 (10% increase)

      Fall 2021:          $14,336 (10% increase)

      Fall 2022:          $15,769 (10% increase)

      Fall 2023:          $17,346 (10% increase)

      Fall 2024:          $18,213 (5% increase)

Starting August 2019, College of Engineering non-resident students charged $17,800

Maximum Graduate Student Compensation on NIH Research Grants

The maximum amount NIH will award for total graduate student compensation on a NIH research grant is equal to the Postdoctoral zero-level Kirschstein-NRSA stipend in effect when NIH issues the grant award.  For all NIH rates, see the NIH guidance at: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-19-036.html.

Fellowships and Training Grants

  • The NIH NRSA’s will provide funds for Tuition and Fees, Training Related Expenses, and Institutional Allowance, as detailed at: NRSA
  • UF allows all required fees to be requested in all Fellowship and Training grants, unless prohibited by the sponsor guidelines.
  • Student Fees are not charged on Research Grants, but may be charged on Training Grants.
  • Please work with your college or department fiscal office to make sure these costs are budgeted correctly.
  • You may also visit the Bursar website at: Student Fee Calculation Estimate