I am a grad student in the social sciences, and the vast majority of my tuition is waived, as long as I TA or RA at least half time during the year. I am also paid a stipend for my TA/RA work.

From what I've read, I believe that the tuition waiver should not count as taxable income, but I wanted to make sure.

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In general, yes, the tuition waiver itself is not taxable income. Stipends or TA salaries, etc. will be taxable. See this IRS information which says in part:

A scholarship or fellowship is tax free (excludable from gross income) only if you are a candidate for a degree at an eligible educational institution. [...]

Qualified education expenses. For purposes of tax-free scholarships and fellowships, these are expenses for: Tuition and fees required to enroll at or attend an eligible educational institution [...]

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