Graduate Assistantships Resource Center

Graduate Assistant Eligibility

Office of Graduate Studies and University financial resources are used to support full-time, degree-seeking graduate students. Eligibility requirements are applicable to all graduate assistant classification codes regardless of classification code and/or funding source. To receive an assistantship, the graduate student must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Accepted into a graduate degree program and meet the qualifications as specified by the graduate program.
  • Meet the academic qualifications as specified by the GA job code.
  • Meet appropriate verbal test scores if English in not the primary language.
  • Maintain an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) and degree program GPA of 3.00.
  • Enroll full-time during the semester(s) appointed as a graduate assistant. Full-time enrollment is considered 9 graduate credit hours in the fall semester, 9 graduate credit hours in the spring semester, and 6 graduate credit hours in the summer semester. If a graduate assistant is enrolled in the last semester of his/her program of study, the number of registered semester hours may be less than the full-time requirement.
  • Graduate assistants must comply with all Office of Graduate Studies enrollment requirements to retain their assistantship as stated in the polices section of the Graduate Catalog.
  • Students appointed with <0.25 total FTE are not eligible for tuition waivers.

PLEASE NOTE: International students from countries where English is not the official language who want to be considered for a teaching assistantship (9183 & 9184) must show proficiency in spoken English even if their TOEFL has been waived for admission to a graduate program. They need a minimum score of 26 on the spoken portion of the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 160 on the spoken portion of the TOEIC Test administered by ETS.