Assistantships & Scholarships - FAQ

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Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships:

  1. How do I find and apply for a GA or TS position?
  2. Are there any GA or TS positions offered at night or on the weekends for student teachers or others with those scheduling needs?
  3. Are Graduate Certificate students eligible for a GA or TS?
  4. Are parking permits or decals for full time GA's available for faculty parking?
  5. Are GA's eligible for medical leave of absence?
  6. What is a Graduate Assistantship?
  7. What is the difference between a Graduate Assistantship and a Tuition Scholarship (eligibility and requirements)?
  8. What are my employee rights as a GA or TS?
  9. May I move from a TS to a GA or from a GA to a TS?
  10. I have already held a GA position for two years while working on my first Master's degree. I have been offered a new GA position for the spring and would like to know if there are any problems with me accepting the new GA position. I understand that students are restricted to a two year limit, but do not know what the policy is for a returning student working on a second Master's degree. May I accept another GA position?
  11. What happens if a GA or TS is put on academic probation?
  12. What is a half GA and can a graduate student have two half GA's in separate areas?
  13. Are there any fees that a GA or TS will not cover?
  14. What should I do if I add or delete classes after my GA/TS waiver has been posted?
  15. What are the procedures for resignation from a GA/TS position?
  16. If I have a GA/TS position in the current semester and withdraw from the University, would I be eligible for a GA/TS position the next semester?
  17. What happens if I want to move from a full GA to a half GA mid-semester?
  18. Do GA's have an official start date and end date?
  19. Can a TS become a Teaching Associate?
  20. Can a student who starts in the summer be eligible for a Tuition Scholarship?
  21. Do GA's have to work during fall or spring break?
  22. How much do GA's get paid and when?
  23. I am in an RODP graduate program. Am I eligible for a graduate assistantship or a graduate tuition scholarship?
  24. I am in a regular graduate program and want to take an RODP course. Will my graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship cover the cost of that course?
  25. Is the winter session tuition covered for a GA or TS? Do the graduate credit hours count toward the spring required hours?

International Students Q & A for GA/TS

  1. Is the Best Plus OPI test a one time test or does one have to take it every year?
  2. Do non-resident alien Graduate Assistants have to fill out the International Employee/Student Tax Questionnaire every year?