Graduate Assistantships

Recommendations for the appointment of teaching, research and administrative assistants are made by individual departments or programs. Assistantships are awarded with the expectation that service will be provided by the recipient.

Appointment Letters and position availability are initiated by the hiring department.  For available assistantships, please contact the program directly

See the Graduate Assistants United (GAU) contract for additional benefits information. It’s recommended aspiring teaching, research and administrative assistants also familiarize themselves with disability services for students.

Eligibility & Benefits

Those receiving an Administrative, Teaching, and Research assistantship appointment must be enrolled in a graduate degree program, be registered for 6-to-12 graduate credits or 3 graduate credits for approved ABD Status (ABD status is not automatic and the student must apply for this status. Click here for a FAQ and application.) and be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or above).


For additional benefit information, reference the GAU contract webpage.
For tuition and fee costs please refer to the Enrollment Services webpage

Stipend Rates & Levels of Appointment

2022-2023 Stipends
2022-2023 Academic Year Full-time Graduate Assistants (20 hrs/wk)
Level I
Level II
Level III
$20,000.00
$20,225.00
$20,500.00
2022-2023 Academic Year Half-time Graduate Assistants (10 hrs/wk)
Level I
Level II
Level III
$10,000.00
$10,112.50
$10,250.00
One Semester (Fall 2022 or Spring 2023) Full-Time Graduate Assistants (20 hrs/wk)
Level I
Level II
Level III
$10,000.00
$10,112.50
$10,250.00
One Semester (Fall 2022 or Spring 2023) Half-time Graduate Assistants (10 hrs/wk)
Level I
Level II
Level III
$5,000.00
$5,056.25
$5,125.00
*Please note that the renewal of the 2022-2023 contract is currently under negotiation. The 2022-2023 stipend rates will remain the same as 2021-2022 stipend rates until the negotiations are final. 

Levels of Appointment for Graduate Pay

  • Level I: All Graduate Assistants in Master’s programs and those in Ph.D. programs who have fewer than 30 graduate credits.
  • Level II: All those who have completed at least 30 graduate credit hours (exclusive of entrance deficiencies, language research tools and research) certified by the Dean of the Graduate School as creditable towards their program of studies before the date of appointment or have a Master’s degree.
  • Level III: All Graduate Assistants who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and have passed BOTH the oral and written portions of the Ph.D. comprehensive examinations prior to the date of appointment.

Contract Letters

Appointment Letters and position availability are initiated by the hiring department. For available assistantships, please contact the program directly.

*PLEASE NOTE:Assistantship contracts take time to process and GAs will not receive late charges towards assistantship waivers. As long as the hiring department activated the job record, payroll will not be affected. Please keep in mind GAs have a portion of the bill they are responsible for and late fees will apply if payment is not made by the due date set forth by Enrollment Services. Once the assistantship waivers are posted, GAs are billed as a full-time student.*

GA Contract Letters

2022-2023 Appointment Letters
2022-2023 Graduate Assistantship Memo - Helpful information, resources, and links related to processing Graduate Assistantships.
2022-2023 Graduate Administrative Assistant Letter
2022-2023 Graduate Teaching Assistant Letter
2022-2023 Graduate Research Assistant Letter