Intern Participation Waiver


The Intern Participation Waiver (also referred to as IPC or Certificate of Participation [COP]) provides that persons who supervise interns for institutions within the State University System may be given one non-transferable certificate (fee waiver) for each full academic term during which the person serves as an intern supervisor. The certificate shall waive the tuition fee as defined in Board of Governors Regulation 7.001. The current value of the Intern Participation Waiver is $105.07 per credit hour for undergraduate coursework and $403.51 per credit hour for graduate coursework. 


In order to qualify for the Intern Participation Waiver, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Certificate holders are entitled to a waiver of tuition for a maximum of six (6) credit hours of instruction (including credit through continuing education) during a single term.
  2. Certificates are valid for three (3) years from the date of issuance.
  3. Eligible recipients of an Intern Participation Certificate may be identified by a university as a person who engages in the direct supervision of at least one university intern for 300 contact hours, which may be accumulated over multiple semesters provided at least 100 contact hours of direct supervision is provided per semester. 
  4. The internship program must be an essential part of the course of instruction and must be required as part of the degree.
  5. Individual certificates must be used within a single term and cannot be carried forward for multiple terms. 

Certificate Issuance

  1. Internship coordinators at each department or college are provided with electronic copies of blank Intern Participation Certificates. 
  2. The Certificate requires three signatures: the Program Administrator's Signature, the Academic Dean's (or designee's) signature, and the Recipient's (holder's) signature. Certificates missing any signatures will not be accepted by Student Business Services.
  3. Internship Coordinators at the department or college level are responsible for certifying that certificate issuance complies with all program rules an guidelines, that the intern supervisor completed the requirements for certificate issuance, and that the internship itself complies with rules and regulations governing the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for the certificate?

If you believe that your intern supervision has qualified you for an Intern Participation Certificate, contact the Internship Coordinator for the intern that you supervised for more information.

How do I apply the certificate to my invoice?

Send the original certificate to Student Business Services at You can also submit the certificate by mail at:

FSU Student Business Services
Attn: Waiver Coordinator
A1500 University Center
P.O. Box 3062394
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2394

Why do I still owe money?

The Intern Participation Certificate is good for the waiver of Tuition, but does not cover other fees on the account. The remainder of tuition and fees must be paid out of pocket by the deadline for each term.

Who do I talk to if I have questions?

Reach out to the intern coordinator responsible for the interns that you supervised. For general programmatic questions, contact the University Waiver Liaison, MyKayla Mixson at