Board of Trustees Tuition-and-Fee Waivers

The Department of English receives a very limited number of tuition-and-fee waivers from the Graduate College each semester, known as the Board of Trustees (or BoT) waivers. The waivers are issued on a semester-by-semester basis. BoT waivers are effective for only one semester, and recipients must reapply each term. There is no guarantee that a BoT will be renewed; renewal depends on a number of factors including performance and the availability of the award in the coming years.

Students should notify their primary advisor that they intend to apply for a BoT waiver.

Eligibility: Preference will be given to eligible students experiencing certain extenuating circumstances (for example: those in the English Education program who are student teaching full-time and therefore ineligible for working/lectureship at UIC, or PhD students in their final year who need to complete credits to submit their thesis and graduate.) Eligible students:

  • are doctoral candidates living locally who have not yet accumulated the required 32 hours of dissertation research, as well as outstanding MA students;

  • do not already carry an assistantship or any other type of funding; and

  • will enroll in a a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours in the fall and spring semesters or a minimum of six (6) credit hours during the summer session.

Full-time employees, including lecturers, are not eligible for this waiver.

Process to request a waiver: Students should contact the Graduate Studies Program Coordinator as soon as possible if they intend to request a BoT. Afterwards, they will need to fill out the request form, which asks the following basic information:

  • Term/Year requesting a BoT waiver  

  • Name

  • Program (English studies, Creative Writing, English Education)

  • Status (PhD or MA, full time or part time)

  • Primary faculty advisor

  • Courses you intend to take during the BoT waiver semester (with credit hours)

  • Circumstances that necessitate a BoT waiver

Deadline: After speaking with the Graduate Studies Program Coordinator, you must submit the request form by noon (12 pm) on the Friday before the last day of instruction in the term preceding the one for which you are applying.

Summer 2018: April 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Fall 2018: August 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Spring 2019: November 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Covered fees & charges: BoT waivers cover the following charges:

  • full tuition, including differential, if any

  • service fee

  • health service fee

  • Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund Assessment (AFMFA)

  • Library and Information Technology Assessment (LITA)

  • $100 toward the cost of university health insurance (CampusCare) if the student is enrolled. The entire $100 is paid in the first semester that the student is enrolled in CampusCare, usually the Fall.

BOT waivers do not cover the following charges: general fee; CTA transportation fee; student-to-student fee; or the remainder of the cost of health insurance after the $100 payment.

Questions? Direct questions about the BoT waiver to the Graduate Studies Program Coordinator, Vicki Bolf (