Summer Enrollment Tuition Waiver Policies
Joint PhD Students Tuition Waiver Policy
PhD Students External Fellowship Tuition Waiver Policy
Extended Master's Students Partial Tuition Waiver Policy
Extended Master's Students Resolving Incompletes Tuition Waiver Policy
PhD Students Who Transition to a Master's Tuition Waiver Policy
Early Dissertation Completion Tuition Waiver Policy
Early Master's Thesis, Paper, or Capstone Project Completion Tuition Waiver Policy

Summer Enrollment Tuition Waiver Policies

For Continuing Students

  1. PhD students in Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, or Computer Science are required to register for summer. Registration for Graduate Summer Term does not count toward the residency requirement.  The summer tuition will be waived. 
  2. Master’s students in Genetic Counseling, Biotechnology MS, and Biochemistry and Biophysics are required to enroll in the summer. Summer enrollment does not count toward the residency requirement. The summer tuition will be waived.
  3. GSAS has predetermined specific summer courses that also qualify for a tuition waiver, and applies tuition waivers when appropriate.

For August Degree Candidates

Ph.D. students who anticipate graduating with an August degree are required to register for the summer term in which they graduate. The summer tuition will be waived.

Joint PhD Students Tuition Waiver Policy

Heller PhD students enter with a commitment of 4 years of stipend support and GSAS students enter with a commitment of 5 years of stipend support. Because of the structure of the current joint PhD programs, the student retains their funding from Heller, even as they are accepted into the joint program with GSAS. In order to mitigate this inequity, GSAS will provide a full tuition waiver to joint PhD students during that 5th year.

PhD Student External Fellowship Tuition Waiver Policy

Any PhD student outside the Division of Science who receives an external fellowship can put their GSAS funding on hold for up to a year to accept the fellowship. This policy would not reduce the total amount of funding a student receives from GSAS. Students whose stipends are paid from faculty grants are not covered by this policy. PhD students who are awarded fellowships that are external to Brandeis are still eligible to receive a full scholarship for the amount of their tuition during the semesters in which they are receiving these external funds. Students who have been awarded an external fellowship should contact Lizz Kurian (kurian@brandeis.edu) and Alyssa Canelli (acanelli@brandeis.edu) regarding the tuition scholarship.

Please note that students receiving external fellowships will still need to waive or enroll in the student health insurance plan. For more information about applying for external fellowships and grants, as well as a list of opportunities and a list of recent fellowships received by GSAS students, please visit our Fellowships and Grants page.

Extended Master’s Students Partial Tuition Waiver Policy

Students who are in Extended Master’s residency and who are registered for only CONT 200A and/or the required thesis/project course during the fall or spring semester are eligible for a 75% tuition waiver. To qualify, students cannot be enrolled in any content courses, including auditing such courses. Students should email Mira Howell (mhowell@brandeis.edu) requesting this waiver once they have finalized their registration for the semester. Please note that students can combine this waiver with a waiver for serving as a Course Assistant or Grader in the same semester, resulting in up to 100% tuition waiver.

Extended Master’s Students Resolving Incompletes Tuition Waiver Policy

Master’s students who need to maintain enrollment in order to resolve incompletes after completing all other degree requirements should register for CONT 200A. Students who are enrolled to resolve incompletes are eligible to receive a 100% tuition waiver if: a) they have completed their program’s residency requirement and b) they are not enrolled in or auditing any additional courses. Students should contact their department administrators to arrange enrollment, and departments should email Mira Howell (mhowell@brandeis.edu) once the student is enrolled in CONT 200A so that the waiver can be added.

PhD Students Who Transition to a Master's Tuition Waiver Policy

Doctoral students who transition from a PhD program to a Master’s program, who have not completed all of the requirements for the Master’s degree, will not be eligible for their doctoral funding package once they are a Master’s student. If the student can complete the degree requirements for the Master’s degree in one semester, they will receive a full tuition waiver for that semester. If the student transitions to the Master’s program in the Spring semester, the Brandeis health insurance charge would have already been covered for the full academic year in the Fall semester, so they would not have an additional charge for it. If the student transitions to the Master's program in the Fall semester, the Brandeis health insurance will be covered for only the Fall semester. Should the student need more than one semester to fulfill the requirements for the Master’s degree, GSAS will review each student on a case-by-case basis.

Early Dissertation Completion Tuition Waiver Policy

Students whose dissertation is accepted after the deadline for degree conferral and before the first day of courses in the subsequent term (i.e., after the deadline for February degree conferral but before spring classes begin, after the deadline for May degree conferral but before summer courses begin, or after the deadline for August degree conferral but before fall classes begin) can enroll in Degree Pending status, provided all other degree requirements have been met. Students in Degree Pending status do not need to enroll and do not have access to student health insurance, use of gym facilities, purchase of a parking sticker, or in-school student loan deferments. Students who meet these requirements and would like to enroll in Degree Pending status should email their request to Abigail Arnold.

Students whose dissertation is accepted after the most recent degree conferral date and before the end of the registration period of the following term (i.e., after the deadline for February degree conferral but before spring registration ends, after the deadline for May degree conferral but before summer registration ends, or after the deadline for August degree conferral but before registration ends) are required to enroll in that term and are eligible for a 100% tuition waiver, provided all other degree requirements have been met. Students in this category for the fall semester do not have access to student health insurance, as students need to be enrolled for thirty (30) days after the start of classes in the fall semester to qualify. Students who are planning to complete their dissertation submission during this period should email Abigail Arnold to initiate this process.

For a dissertation to be accepted, the defense and all subsequent revisions must be completed, all necessary forms must be submitted to the registrar’s office, and the dissertation must be submitted to GSAS through ProQuest ETD and approved by our office. For more information about this process, visit our Thesis and Dissertation Guide. If these steps are not completed by the deadline, you will not be eligible for the waivers described above.


Early Master’s Thesis, Paper, or Capstone Project Completion Tuition Waiver Policy

Students whose master’s thesis, paper, or capstone project is accepted after the deadline for degree conferral and before the first day of courses in the subsequent term (i.e., after the deadline for February degree conferral but before spring classes begin, after the deadline for May degree conferral but before summer courses begin, or after the deadline for August degree conferral but before fall classes begin) can enroll in Degree Pending status, provided all other degree requirements have been met. Students in Degree Pending status do not need to enroll and do not have access to student health insurance, use of gym facilities, purchase of a parking sticker, or in-school student loan deferments. Students who meet these requirements and would like to enroll in Degree Pending status should email their request to Abigail Arnold.

Students whose master’s thesis, paper, or capstone project is accepted after the most recent degree conferral date and before the end of the registration period of the following term (i.e., after the deadline for February degree conferral but before spring registration ends, after the deadline for May degree conferral but before summer registration ends, or after the deadline for August degree conferral but before registration ends) are required to enroll in that term and are eligible for a 100% tuition waiver, provided all other degree requirements have been met. Students in this category for the fall semester do not have access to student health insurance, as students need to be enrolled for thirty (30) days after the start of classes in the fall semester to qualify. Students who are planning to complete their degree requirements during this period should email Abigail Arnold to initiate this process.

For a master’s thesis to be accepted, all necessary forms must be submitted to the registrar’s office and the thesis must be submitted to GSAS through ProQuest ETD and approved by our office. For more information about this process, visit our Thesis and Dissertation Guide. For a master’s paper or capstone project to be accepted, follow the process laid out by your department. If these steps are not completed by the deadline, you will not be eligible for the waivers described above.