Assistantships - Teaching and Research

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Graduate Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships are available to full-time graduate students. For further information, visit the website of individual Departments.

Graduate assistants can be paid for the equivalent of a maximum of 20 hours per week while school is in session. Students with assistantships must be registered for at least nine credits during the fall and spring semesters (audited classes do not count towards registration requirements).

Students who have a 21 – 40 hour per week research or teaching assistantship during the summer semester are in taxable status by default and have no summer registration requirements

Teaching assistantships may involve teaching courses, leading a discussion section, supervising a laboratory, grading papers, or meeting with students. The typical appointment involves working up to 20 hours per week. A teaching assistant receives a stipend, health insurance and tuition payment (see below) by the university:

  • For no more than 10 credits if the workload is 15 to 20 hours per week.
  • For no more than 5 credits if the workload is 10 to 14 hours per week.
  • If the assistantship appointment begins on or before the first day of instruction and ends on or after the last day of final examinations for that semester (16 or more weeks). 4/15/93.

Research Assistantships are most common in science and engineering fields, but are often available in other fields as well. Research assistants work in laboratories and other settings to assist faculty on research projects. Research assistants also receive a stipend, health insurance, a tuition award based on workload (see below) and in some cases may include payment of fees. Research assistant support is provided by grants/contracts:

  • For no more than 10 credits if the workload is 15 to 20 hours per week.
  • For no more than 5 credits if the workload is 10 to 14 hours per week.
  • If the assistantship appointment begins on or before the first day of instruction and ends on or after the last day of final examinations for that semester (16 or more weeks). 4/15/93.

Graduate Assistants must be registered full-time (nine credits consisting of a minimum of three graduate credits; audited classes do not count towards registration requirements).

A Graduate Assistant with a GPA of less than 3.0 for one semester will be allowed to petition to continue as a graduate assistant for the next semester.  A maximum of one semester will be allowed per student. The petition must be approved by the student's advisor, department chair and dean.

* No tuition will be included if the workload is less than 10 hours per week.

For further information on Graduate Assistantships, please visit Graduate Assistantships under Financial Aid in the Online Catalog.

Minimum Rate of Pay for Graduate Assistantships:

Note: At this time these rates apply only to Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Graduate School and Thesis Completion Fellowship recipients (GFs). For more information on rates for Research Assistants (RAs) please contact individual departments.

Student Category Minimum Bi-Weekly Rate Equivalent Hourly Rate
 Master's student$629.20 $15.73
 Ph.D. student, before advancement to candidacy, no prior Master's degree$629.20 $15.73
 Ph.D. student, before advancement to candidacy, with prior Master's degree$689.20$17.23
 Ph.D. student, after advancement to candidacy$749.60$18.74
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