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: http://payroll.uconn.edu/PY/for_departments/graduate.html.

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 thhttp://grad.uconn.edu/information-for-graduate-assistants/eir 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