The Office of Graduate Studies, in partnership with the graduate programs, provides matching commitments to encourage students to compete successfully for external awards. Matching commitments refers to the use of campus funds to supplement graduate student support that is provided by an external sponsor. With increasing frequency, external agencies are limiting the amounts of the Tuition & Fee payments that are provided. Thus the primary purpose of the Graduate Studies matching commitment policy is to address this shortfall. Matching commitments are usually arranged by graduate program staff contacting the Office of Graduate Studies on the student's behalf. Students should notify their programs when they receive an external award so the faculty and staff can work with Graduate Studies to furnish the student with an appropriate level of funding.