What are Assistantships?
- An assistantship includes a stipend, and a proportional amount of tuition and academic fees for full-time enrollment.
- Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive assistantships.
- For more information please refer to our Policies and Procedures for Assistantships page.
How do I apply for an assistantship?
Your application for admission also serves as your application for funding. Graduate assistantships are available for each of our graduate programs.
Who awards assistantships?
- Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships are usually awarded through a students’ program department.
- All departments with graduate programs support students through teaching assistantships.
- Positions associated with research grants or contracts are available through some programs and research centers.
- Talk to the director of your graduate program for more information.
When will I know if I am awarded an assistantship?
- In general, assistantships are awarded in March and April for the following academic year.
- Recipients of awards are notified as soon as the awards are made and will receive an offer letter.
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 Appointment||Stipend Support||Work Expectation (hrs/week)||Percentage of Tuition Supported*|
|*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.|
What are Tuition Caps?
- The tuition cap is the maximum each department will spend on credits/tuition per semester for supported students.
- Full-time status during the academic year is based on 9 credits. Even though it is possible for a student to enroll in more than 9 credits a semester, most departments will not pay for more than what constitutes full-time.
- Please refer to the tuition cap document to determine what the maximum is for your department.
- Supported students who enroll in more credits than allowed by their department's tuition cap are responsible for paying for the extra tuition associated with those credits.