Graduate Assistantships

 
  • Teaching Assistant(TA): a graduate teaching assistant may include lecturing, leading discussion groups, serving as an assistant to laboratory classes, counseling students, proctoring examinations, grading tests and papers, and providing general assistance in the instructional process.
  • Research Assistant(RA): a research assistant performs research part-time under the direction or supervision of regular faculty members or supports the research initiatives of the institution.
  • Service Assistantship(SA): a service assistantship involves service activities such as office duties, library services, photographic and/or CAD services, athletic services, or other academic or professional assignments.
  • Fellows: this category is reserved for students who receive a fellowship, such as a Graduate School Fellowship, NSF Fellowship, or IGERT Fellowship that provides a stipend and a tuition award to the student. Fellows who receive a portion of their stipend from another source (i.e. a research grant) are still classified as a Fellow.
  • Graduate Assistant Hiring Forms

    Contract Letter Templates: please note: the org & fund information for the tuition award and the detail code for health insurance information must be included on the contract letter in the box on page 2. Please review the hiring steps and process.  Failure to do so will not allow the student's tuition remission and stipend be processed and paid in a timely fashion.

    Contract Letter Templates: 

    Tuition Remission Forms

     

    Graduate Assistant Hiring Process

    Please review the following documents for guidance when hiring graduate assistants: 

     

    Work Hours and Employment Restrictions


  • Graduate assistantships may be awarded for any number of hours up to 20 hours per week during the academic year (fall and spring). During the summer and school breaks (winter and spring break), graduate students may work up to 40 hours per week.
  • Graduate Assistants with a full-time (20 hours a week) assistantship are NOT allowed to work as a part-time instructor, take another student position, or work in any other capacity for UAA or an outside entity, unless an exception is approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of Students, through the student's advisory committee, department chair, and dean, prior to the work being performed. 
  • Graduate students MUST be full-time (9 credits or more) to be eligible for an assistantship; audited classes do not count toward full-time classification. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • Graduate students cannot serve as a principal investigator on an appointment or grant. If a graduate assistant writes a research, service, or instructional proposal that is funded by an external agency, a UAA faculty or staff member must serve as the principal investigator.
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    Budgeting

    Please reviewing the information gathered by Office of Sponsored Programs when hiring graduate student assistants. 

     

    Stipend Amounts

    The Graduate School sets minimum rates of pay for graduate students. Departments can set their own rates as long as the minimum rates are met.
  • Masters student: $17.54/hourly equivalent
  • Ph.D. student before advancement to candidacy
  • Without prior master's degree: $17.54/hourly equivalent
  • With prior master's degree: $19.21/hourly equivalent
  • Ph.D. student after advancement to candidacy: $20.89/hourly equivalent
  • Please note: Service assistance MUST be paid an hourly wage mandated by Federal regulations.  

    Tuition Remission


    Only courses directly related to a student's degree program will be covered by tuition remission (e.g. recreation classes, etc. are not covered). Any exception to this policy must be in writing from the student's graduate advisor to the Dean of the Graduate School.
    Teaching assistantships includes a payment of tuition made by the university:
  • If the workload is 15-20 hours a week, tuition will cover no more than 9 graduate credits.
  • If the workload is 10-14 hours a week, tuition will cover up to 5 graduate credits.
  • If the assistantship is for less than 10 hours a week, it does not include a tuition scholarship.
  • And, the assistantship appointment begins on or before the first day of instruction and ends on or after the last day of final exams for the semester.
  • Research assistantships include a payment of tuition by specific grants/contracts:
  • If the workload is 15-20 hours a week, tuition will cover no more than 9 graduate credits.
  • If the workload is 10-14 hours a week, tuition will cover up to minimum of 5 graduate credits.
  • If the assistantship is for less than 10 hours a week, it does not have to include a tuition award, although it can if the grant/contract has tuition money available.
  • Service Assistantships include payment of tuition by the university.
  • If the workload is 15-20 hours a week, tuition will cover no more than 9 graduate credits.
  • If the workload is 10-14 hours a week, tuition will cover up to minimum of 5 graduate credits.
  • If the assistantship is for less than 10 hours a week, it does not have to include a tuition award, although it can if the grant/contract has tuition money available.
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    Student Graduate Health Insurance

    Please review the following link for semester costs and detailed information regarding Graduate Assistant health insurance: 2014-248-2 Summary Brochure.