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Graduate Assistantships

The graduate assistantship program is administered by EMU Human Resources.

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For further information, contact:

Sam Buttigieg
Director Compensation & Employment
Eastern Michigan University
140 McKenny Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 487-3430
Email: sbuttigi@emich.edu

 

Eligibility

1.The graduate assistant (GA) applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or recognized international institution of higher education.

2.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 graduate assistantships. Students with admission for continuing education, non-degree and teacher certification are also not eligible for a graduate assistantship.

3.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.

4.International students must have an F-1 or J-1 visa or official work permit to be a GA.

5.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.

6.A GA award WILL impact other financial aid; communicate with the Financial Aid office.

To Keep a Graduate Assistantship Position, the student must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of eight 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.

Benefits

For a full-time, academic-year GA appointment, the University provides a tuition scholarship for up to 18 credit hours in each academic year (September 1 to August 31) 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 prorated.

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.

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.

GAs are also eligible for the Ronald and Gerrie Collins GA Awards, presented annually at the Graduate Research Fair Reception.

Compensation

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Application Process

Applicants must either seek an assistantship through their academic department/school or find one online. When a job opening appears, students may complete an application and upload a resume, letters of recommendation or other hiring materials requested by the department. Once the first application has been submitted and you are applying to additional positions, your previously entered information will carry over into the application form where it can be edited.

Most departments/schools seek applications in Feb/March for fall appointments. Offices will review the submitted materials, interview candidates and select a GA Once an appointment decision has been made, the department sends a letter of offer to the applicant and hiring paperwork (a Personnel Action Form or PAF) to EMU Human Resources. Once it is confirmed that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, EMU Human Resources enters the stipend information into the payroll database system and Student Business Services and the Office of Financial Aid are notified to process the tuition/fee scholarship.

Communication regarding this award will be sent to the "local" address. Domestic students through their my.emich account should update this address. Within 10 days of a move, international students (F and J visa holders) must update their address through the Office of International Students who then will convey the change to the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Click here for more information on Graduate Employment and the hiring process including online application tutorials and instructions.

Click here for the Graduate Assistant Policies.