Policies and Procedures for Assistantships

Assistantship Types

Teaching Assistantships (GTA, GTI)

  • Teaching assistantships are awarded by the academic department requiring instructional services.
  • GTAs assist faculty members in teaching.
  • GTIs have full responsibility for the course(s) they are assigned to teach.
  • Appointments are usually for two semesters of the academic year.
  • International students whose first language is not English must take the language assessment before beginning a GTA or GTI assignment.

Research Assistantships (GRA, GA)

  • Research assistantships are awarded by the professor/program supervising the research activity.
    • and are usually associated with a specific research grant, contract, or internally supported research project
  • Appointments are usually for the academic year, but frequently includes the summer session.
  • Time devoted to the research activity is is expected to exceed the stated work expectations in cases where the research is related to the student’s thesis or dissertation,
    • the additional time is to meet requirements for research credits in which the student is enrolled.
  • Coding indicates external support (GRA) or internal support (GA).

Administrative Assistantships (GADE, GADI)

  • Administrative assistantships are awarded by the programs to students who are given administrative duties
    • such as administrative office support, computer support or web page design.
  • Coding indicates external support (GADE) or internal support (GADI).

Appointment Details

Full-Time to Quarter-Time Appointment

  • Full assistantship appointments are for half-time work (20 hours/week)
    • programs can divide appointments, resulting in three-quarter, one-half, or one-quarter of regular appointments (with proportional adjustments of the stipend, tuition, and fees as shown in the table below).
  • Students’ work load assignments, including teaching preparation and grading of papers, should not exceed the level of their appointments.
  • Pay information: Minimum Stipend Levels are set each academic year.
    • Students on assistantships are paid bi-weekly.
Assistantship AppointmentStipend SupportWork Expectation (hrs/week)Percentage of Tuition Supported*
Full Full 20 100
3/4 3/4 15 75
1/2 1/2 10 50
1/4 1/4 5 25
*All students with an assistantship must be enrolled full time. The tuition cap of the graduate program determines the maximum amount of tuition support for a full assistantship. Students on partial support will be funded for a percentage of the tuition cap for their program.

Enrollment Requirement

  • All supported students (including partially supported students) must be enrolled full-time.
  • Students are responsible for paying for any credits over the tuition cap for the program that you enroll for
    • as well as for student voted fees, and any remaining balance of the tuition and fee charges if partially supported.
  • The credits required for full-time status may include research credits, graduate, audited, PE, ESL and undergraduate courses.

Additional Employment

  • Students who accept additional employment may find it difficult to make good progress toward their degree.
  • Failure to make good progress may result in a loss of support in the future.
  • Students should consult with their advisor, and should ensure that the additional employment will not impede progress toward their degree.
    • Advisors will typically approve requests in cases in which the student’s education will be enhanced through the additional employment.

Contract Termination

During the time period when a graduate student is supported by a graduate assistantship, only the dean of the Graduate School can approve a case of mid-contract termination of support.