Graduate assistantships provide students with opportunities to engage in meaningful, career-related academic activities that support the University’s commitment to offering experiential education.
Graduate assistantships also provide the University an opportunity to engage the creative and professional talent of exceptional graduate students in roles that will assist it in meeting its strategic and operational goals.
About Graduate Assistantships
Graduate Assistantships allow the University to:
- Be competitive with other graduate programs
- Provide graduate students with practical experiential education related to their career interests
- Allow graduate students to concentrate more fully on their studies (rather than outside employment)
- Provide support for programmatic and academic needs at the University
- Fill gaps in staffing in a cost-effective manner
The Office of Graduate Studies will invite qualified graduate students to apply online for available graduate assistantship positions.
- Supervisors will communicate and conduct interviews with student candidates to determine qualifications for the position.
- Those who are qualified will be processed for employment by the Office of Student Employment.
- New graduate assistants will receive an email from Student Employment to schedule and onboarding appointment to complete required paperwork prior to beginning employment.
- Student Employment will notify The Center for Student Success so the tuition remittance process can begin.
For 2022-2023, departments have received approval for graduate assistants to be hired for either “Option A” or “Option B” benefits. Benefit details are as follows:
- The GA must work for one entire semester.
- The GA is required to work 10 hours/week and will be paid $13.20/hour. GAs should neither be working fewer nor more than 10 hours/week.
- In addition to payment, GAs will receive a 25% reduction in the semester’s tuition.
- The GA must be able to work for two consecutive semesters, the fall and then the spring.
- The GA is required to work 20 hours/week and will be paid $13.20/hour. GAs should neither be working fewer nor more than 20 hours/week.
- In addition to payment, GAs will receive a 50% reduction in each semester’s tuition.
A GA may resign an appointment at the end of a semester by submitting a formal letter of resignation to the Dean of Graduate Studies at least three weeks prior to the end of the semester.
- Any financial or other benefit or obligation of the University contained in the original GA letter of appointment will cease concurrently with the effective date of the resignation.
- Should a GA resign or otherwise terminate a graduate assistantship prior to the end of the required term, the graduate assistant’s tuition benefit may be reduced which may result in a balance due to the University.
GAs are not permitted to hold full-time employment while holding a graduate assistantship. GAs may hold part-time employment provided they obtain prior permission, in writing, from their academic advisor, program director, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Appointments as GAs may be terminated by the Dean of Graduate Studies for:
- failure to maintain good academic standing,
- poor performance as defined by the program or office in which the GA works,
- failure to maintain professional behavior as defined by the program or office in which the GA works, or
- if the GA violated any of the contractual obligations.
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