Most departments with established graduate programs offer teaching and research assistantships to qualified degree-seeking graduate students who are in good academic standing. Appointments are usually half-time and carry stipends. Teaching and research assistantship appointments are made directly by the departments. Inquiries and applications for assistantships should be addressed to the director of the graduate program of the appropriate department. Occasionally a few teaching assistantships are available for the winter semester.

Assistantship Eligibility: Only graduate students who are in good academic standing (minimum 3.00 GPA) and pursuing a degree program or certificate program are eligible for an assistantship. Non-degree status does not qualify one to hold an assistantship.  Students should refrain from dropping courses or receiving delayed grades.

Term

Appointment 

Enrollment 

Tuition Scholarship

Fall/Spring

GA, GRA, GTA
.50 FTE

Min 5 cr/hrs
Max 9 cr/hrs

Tuition Scholarship & Nonresident Fee Tuition Scholarship (if applicable)
for up to 9 cr/hrs of Grad Level credit

Fall/Spring

GA, GRA, GTA
.25 FTE

Min 3 cr/hrs
Max 9 cr/hrs

Nonresident Fee Tuition Scholarship
for up to 9 cr/hrs of Grad Level credit

Term

Appointment

Enrollment

Tuition Scholarship

Summer

GA, GRA, GTA
.50 FTE

Enrollment not required.
See below

Tuition Scholarship & Nonresident Fee Tuition Scholarship (if applicable)
for up to 9 cr/hrs of Grad Level credit

Summer

GA, GRA
.25 FTE

Enrollment not required.
See below

Nonresident Fee Tuition Scholarship
for up to 9 cr/hrs of Grad Level credit

Summer

GTA
.25 FTE

Enrollment not required.
See below

Tuition Scholarship & Nonresident Fee Tuition Scholarship (if applicable)
for up to 9 cr/hrs of Grad Level credit


Assistantship Workload:
A .25 FTE appointment equates to working 10 hours/week or teaching 1 course.  A .50 FTE appointment equates to working 20 hours/week or teaching 2 courses.  The maximum FTE that a student may work in all jobs on campus is .70 (28 hours/week). A student holding over a .50 FTE should check with their advisor and the Graduate Dean's office to ensure their work load will not interfere with their academic progress and that their main purpose on campus is academic, not as an employee.

Summer enrollment for GTAs/GRAs is not required as long as the student was enrolled during the Spring semester OR is admitted or enrolled in the Fall semester (per HR policy 200). However, students may be required to be enrolled by the student's graduate program. The student should discuss summer enrollment with the graduate program director. If the GTA/GRA is not enrolled or is enrolled less than half-time (5 credit hours), the GTA/GTA title may be held but the student cannot claim the FICA exemption. 

Assistantship Stipend:

Master’s  .25 FTE  $1250/semester or $2500/nine month appointment
.50 FTE  $2500/semester or $5000/nine month appointment
Ed.S .25 FTE  $1562/semester or $3152/nine month appointment
.50 FTE  $3152/semester or $6250/nine month appointment
Ph.D .25 FTE  $1872/semester or $3750/nine month appointment
.50 FTE  $3750/semester or $7500/nine month appointment

Summer appointments for all student levels arenormally 2/9s of a nine month appointment

Assistantship FICA Exemption:  The FICA exemption is allowable only when a student is enrolled half-time.  Allowable for hires at any level, during any semester, but requires half-time enrollment (minimum 5 credit hours).  International students in either F1 or J1 status are eligible for FICA exemption during the first five calendar years of their presence in the USA.

Assistantship Tuition Scholarship:  A .25 FTE assistantship provides you with a non-resident fee tuition scholarship for up to 9 hours of graduate level credit.  A .50 FTE assistantship provides you with a tuition scholarship and a non-resident fee tuition scholarship (if applicable) for up to 9 hours of graduate level credit.         

Courses taken must be part of the student's degree program, and the student must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Exceptions to this policy must be made by the Graduate Program Director to the Graduate Dean.  Students will be required to pay any course/supplemental fees as well as any non-educational fee related charges.

Students who receive tuition scholarships after their financial aid is awarded must undergo another financial analysis, and the tuition grants must be deducted from the total award. It is in your best interest to check with a Financial Aid advisor to make sure you know how your GA salary, tuition scholarships and any other awards may affect your financial aid package. Also, to receive graduate-level federal financial aid, including Stafford Loans, you must enroll in classes that apply to your graduate program.

Equivalency Hours

Parking

Student Accident and Sickness Insurance