Information for Graduate Assistants

An assistantship is awarded to a graduate student who provides teaching (teaching assistantship: TA) or research (research assistantship: RA) support to the University that is a part of his/her academic program. In recognition of this support, the tuition and a portion of health care (but not fees) are provided by the grant/contract funding agency or through the University.

Effort devoted to the duties of a graduate assistantship typically range between 10 and 20 hours per week (also sometimes called a "half G.A." and "full G.A." respectively). More information can be found here:

G.A. Definition

Assistantships, Fellowships, & Internships Defined.

Eligibility Criteria

To be appointed, to retain an appointment, or to be reappointed, a student must hold Regular (not Provisional) status, must maintain a cumulative average of at least B (3.00) in any course work taken, must be eligible to register (i.e., must not have more than three viable grades of Incomplete on his or her academic record), must be enrolled in a graduate degree program scheduled to extend through the entire period of the appointment or reappointment, and must be a full-time student.

Supplemental Employment

Graduate Assistants seeking employment beyond their G.A. appointment must complete the Supplemental Employment Approval form (Graduate Assistant Academic Year Supplemental Employment Approval), obtain their major advisors approval signature, and submit the form to the Graduate School for final approval.

Administration of all assistantships occurs through the academic department.

Graduate Assistant Health Insurance