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Graduate Assistant Fee Waivers, SB 666/HB 769

What the bill does

Senate Bill 666 (full text here)  would provide fee waivers for “a graduate student who has a 0.25 full-time equivalent appointment or greater as a graduate assistant, graduate research assistant, graduate teaching assistant, graduate research associate, or graduate teaching associate.”

What the bill does

Senate Bill 666 (full text)/House Bill 769 (full text) would provide fee waivers for “a graduate student who has a 0.25 full-time equivalent appointment or greater as a graduate assistant, graduate research assistant, graduate teaching assistant, graduate research associate, or graduate teaching associate.”

Click here for a full list of the fees that will be waived if SB 666/HB 769 becomes law.

What’s Next

Senate Bill 666 (full text here) has its first committee stop in the Senate Education Committee. It did not get heard during interim committee weeks. We are monitoring the bill and will let you know when it is placed on an agenda during the regular session.

House Bill 769 (full text) has yet to receive its committees of reference. Its first committee stop will be in the House Post-Secondary Education & Lifelong Learning Subcommittee. 

Talking Points

  • Graduate Assistants are charged upwards of $700 a semester in ‘student fees’. Some of these fees include using the technology in our classrooms, office spaces, and labs, as well as undergraduate only services.
  • Graduate assistants teach a disproportionate number of undergraduate classes in the state university system.
  • Because of the steep fees these students face, many of them actually have to pay the university for the privilege of being their undergraduate primary teaching force.

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