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. Be certain to review the responsibilities of a graduate assistant.  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. The MEMPHIS Plan is NOT INSURANCE. It is a healthcare ministry of the Church Health Center, comprised of volunteer physicians and donated medical services. 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, 2017, 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. Given your coverage is paid for through payroll deduction, if you do not have payroll during any pay period your coverage will be terminated and you will need to reapply bearing in mind that coverage will not commence again until the second month following the time your application is turned in to Church Health Center and has been accepted by Church Health Center.  You can reapply through your MyMemphis portal.

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.

IMPORTANT: Gaps Between Your GA Contracts

If you anticipate any gap between contracts in which you will not receive pay for a single pay period, please understand your coverage will be terminated.  You will NOT be covered until you reapply for coverage through your MyMemphis portal.  You will need to reapply bearing in mind that coverage will start in the second month after your application is turned in, and has been approved by, Church Health Center.  It is important to plan accordingly.  If your gap between contracts is during the month of June, for example, and you do not need coverage until you have an active GA contract in July, you will need to reapply in May to have coverage effective in July.

If you need to continue coverage for the time period between your GA contracts, you can apply to receive Memphis Plan coverage directly if you have income from another source.  Please contact Church Health Center (Sheronda Williams, 901-272-7526 ext. 2124) for this.  The timing noted above still applies.  Applications received by, and approved by, Church Health Center in the month of April (for example) will receive coverage in June.   

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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