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Graduate Assistant Responsibilities

  • Be sure you have a copy of your contract and fully understand its terms.

  • Graduate Assistant contracts generally require GAs to work a maximum of 20 hours per week for the department generating the contract. GA contract originators may request hours exceeding 20 per week by submitting their contracts to the Graduate School as exceptions.

  • You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to continue as a graduate assistant.

  • In order for your tuition and fees to be paid, your contract must reach the Graduate School by the 4th day of classes. It is essential that you provide the department with all relevant information as soon as possible.

  • When the Bursar's Office processes your contract, they pay your tuition and fees. Any services (such as Parking, Financial Aid, or the Recreation Center) that are contingent upon payment of fees have to wait for your contract to reach that office.

  • If you are working less than 20 hours per week, you may pay half of your tuition by the appropriate fee payment deadline. For specific fee payment requirements, fee information, deadlines, and penalties, go to the Bursar's Office web site and select "Fee Payment Information."

  • If you hold an assistantship in the Spring semester, you are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates for the summer semester even if you do not hold a graduate assistantship during the summer. See the Graduate School for additional information.

  • If you have financial aid, you need to notify the Financial Aid Office because the amount of your loan may need to be adjusted.

  • If you are receiving federal work study as part of your stipend, be sure you fully understand the implications. See the Financial Aid office or the Graduate School for details.

If you are a non-resident alien:

  • You must apply for a social security number as soon as possible.

  • You must give Human Resources a copy of your social security number.

  • After obtaining your social security number, you must see Ms. Senese Duhart, Administration Building 276, to complete a Form W-4 for tax purposes.

Last revised on: 30 September 2014