- The graduate assistant (GA) applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or recognized international institution of higher education.
- The GA applicant must be full or conditionally (conditions 1, 2 or 3) admitted to a graduate program of study. Applicants with condition 4 status because of low grade-point average are NOT ELIGIBLE for assistantships. Students with admission for continuing education, non-degree and teacher certification are also not eligible for a graduate assistantship.
- The undergraduate grade-point average must be at least equal to the average of students already admitted to the college's degree programs. Once admitted and awarded a GA, a 3.0 graduate grade-point average must be maintained to continue satisfactory progress toward completing the program of study.
- International students must have an F-1 or J-1 visa or official work permit to be a GA.
- Need-Based/Work-Study GA applicants must also complete the required financial aid forms through the Office of Financial Aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted by March 1 for priority consideration for the following Fall semester. Even if a student qualifies for a WS-GA position, there are a limited number of positions available across campus. Final approval is granted through the Graduate School.
- A GA award WILL impact other financial aid; communicate with that office.
To Keep a Graduate Assistantship Position, the student must:
- Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours if appointed Fall and Winter semesters, and 1 credit for the Summer semester
- Make progress toward completing a graduate program of study filed with the Office of Records and Registration, without an excessive number of incompletes or course withdrawals.