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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available in most of the academic areas of The University of Memphis, requiring 3-20 hours of service per week. Most assistantships are provided by the student's home academic unit. Contact the department directly for additional information. Graduate assistants who work at least 10 hours per week are classified as in-state students for fee-paying purposes for the term of their appointment as graduate assistants only. Graduate assistantship contracts filed by the fourth day of class are eligible for a scholarship equal to the amount of tuition and fees. Be certain to review the responsibilities of a graduate assistant. To learn how to upload your resume when seeking an assistantship please click here. A student must be admitted into a graduate academic program to be eligible for appointment as a graduate assistant.

Nonresident assistants appointed for the preceding spring semester are eligible for in-state fees for summer, whether or not the student holds an assistantship in that summer term. 

Non-degree students may not be awarded an assistantship. Graduate assistants must maintain a 3.00 GPA to retain their assistantships. TN eCampus Fees are not covered by graduate assistantship waivers. UM Online Program Fees are not covered by graduate assistantships or any other fee waivers.

Graduate teaching assistants must have a master's in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline. GAs must have direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned and periodic evaluations. Non-native English speakers must also pass the SPEAk test before they can be appointed teaching assistants. Contact the Center for International Programs and Services for information on when the SPEAK test is administered. Teaching assistants may teach only undergraduate courses; in exceptional cases they may be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School  to teach 4000/6000 courses. They may not teach more than 6 hours of for-credit courses without prior approval from the Dean of the Graduate School.

UofM/Church Health Center's Memphis Plan for Graduate Assistants

The University of Memphis has partnered with Church Health Center to offer Memphis Plan health coverage to all domestic graduate assistants. Please make certain to carefully read your email announcing your new eContract for the coming semester for instructions as to how to apply for the UofM/Church Health Center Memphis Plan for Graduate Assistants. You will be required to authorize payroll deduction for the student portion of plan costs in order to participate in the plan. Access to both the plan application, and a way to electronically accept payroll deduction, will be included in the aforementioned email. Alternately, a link to both is provided for eligible GAs in their MyMemphis portal, next to the link associated with their GA eContract.

Student costs effective September 1, 2015, are as follows:

 

Month to Month Coverage

Academic Year Coverage

Annual, Full year Coverage

Beneficiaries

GA

UofM

Total

GA

UofM

Total

GA

UofM

Total

Student Only

$40.00

$10.00

$50.00

$40.00

$10.00

$50.00

$53.00

$10.00

$63.00

Student + 1 Dependent

$65.00

$10.00

$75.00

$65.00

$10.00

$75.00

$78.00

$10.00

$88.00

Student + 2 Dependents

$90.00

$10.00

$100.00

$90.00

$10.00

$100.00

$103.00

$10.00

$113.00

Student + 3 or more Dependents

$115.00

$10.00

$125.00

$115.00

$10.00

$125.00

$103.00

$10.00

$113.00

One Dependent, Only

$50.00

$0.00

$50.00

$50.00

$0.00

$50.00

$63.00

$0.00

$63.00

Two Dependents, Only

$75.00

$0.00

$75.00

$75.00

$0.00

$75.00

$88.00

$0.00

$88.00

Three Dependents, Only

$100.00

$0.00

$100.00

$100.00

$0.00

$100.00

$113.00

$0.00

$113.00

Four or More Dependents, Only

$125.00

$0.00

$125.00

$125.00

$0.00

$125.00

$125.00

$0.00

$125.00

All amounts are expressed as monthly, payroll deducted charges. Both the amounts a GA will pay and the University will pick up are listed for each plan below.

To find out more information regarding the Memphis Plan, please visit the following webpage: www.churchhealthcenter.org/memphisplan.

Plans

Month to Month: Student and University pays on a month by month basis for the semesters the student selects in their application. DEADLINE: Please submit your application to CHC on the 23rd day of the second month prior to the desired coverage starting month. For example, if you submit your application by November 23rd, your coverage (if your application is accepted) will begin January 1st. 
Academic Year: Coverage is for the academic year (October through May), billing will take place September through April (at the end of each month). DEADLINE: Please send in your application for this plan by August 23rd to be eligible for full academic year coverage.
Annual (Full Year): Coverage is for the full calendar year (beginning in October). Payroll deduction will occur, in even amounts, September through April (at the end of each month). DEADLINE: Please send in your application for this plan by August 23rd to be eligible for this full calendar year coverage.

Ending your Memphis Plan coverage

Plan termination requests must be submitted to the MEMPHIS Plan office using the termination form supplied at the time of enrollment. Terminations will be effective the first of the month after the termination form is received by the MEMPHIS Plan office. Please make certain the Memphis plan office has your termination form well before you graduate or your GA contract ends.

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