For a full-time, academic-year GA appointment, the University provides a tuition scholarship for up to 18 credit hours in each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) of the assistantship. For graduate assistants who are appointed to part-time positions and for GAs who begin employment after the start of the semester, the number of credit hours covered by the award will be proportionately less.
The graduate assistantship program also covers the University's registration, general, student union fee and technology fees. This award does not pay new student record initiation fee, late registration fee, program fees, drop fees or late fees applied when bills are not paid.
Graduate assistants will obtain from their department secretary a white GA card that is used to receive a parking permit for selected parking lots, library privileges and a 10 percent discount on items purchased at the bookstore in the Student Center. Department secretaries may obtain additional cards from the Graduate School.
Graduate assistants receive priority registration, provided they register online by the date specified by the Office of Records and Registration as noted in the Class Schedule Book or Web site (same date as undergraduate Honors students).
Intangible benefits of appointment as a graduate assistant include close contact with faculty and other graduate students, valuable employment experience within an academic setting, and the opportunity to devote one's energies to academic work.