Graduate Assistantships

What is a Graduate Assistantship?

A graduate assistantship is an academic award that carries a $6,000 stipend and a waiver of tuition and fees for the extent of the appointment. Graduate assistants are students who are matriculated and enrolled full-time in a graduate program. Graduate assistants work on campus up to twenty hours per week, September 1st to June 30th.  The Graduate Assistantship waiver may result in a reduction of individual student loan eligibility and/or increased tax liability.

Applying for a Graduate Assistantship

Graduate assistantships are awarded competitively at the time of admission to the Academic Program, based on materials submitted with your graduate admissions application. In order to be eligible for a graduate assistantship a student must complete the graduate admissions application and submit all supplemental materials required by the program applied to by March 15 for most programs. (Applicants should check with Graduate Admissions for programs with earlier deadlines). In addition, the applicant must indicate on the application that he/she is applying for a graduate assistantship. Applicants must also have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and meet all additional minimum requirements for the program of choice. New graduate assistantships are available only to students applying for admission for Fall 2017

*Please be advised that the Graduate Assistantship waiver often results in the reduction of student loan eligibility and/or increased tax liability.

Selection Process

Once you complete your graduate admissions application and indicate your interest in a graduate assistantship, your application will be available for review by the appropriate academic department. Most graduate assistantships will be offered at the time of admission or no later than April 1st.


Graduate assistants are appointed to work closely with an assigned faculty, staff, or administrator in a variety of settings. Under the direction of a supervisor, you will be expected to assist in carrying out the goals and mission of the unit. You must work up to 20 hours per week in your appointed department. Work is to commence on September 1, or date of assignment, and end on June 30 of each academic year, with the exception of assignments that may entail work commencing a few weeks before the Fall semester and end correspondingly earlier.

Graduate assistantships are awarded for a period of two years for most graduate programs (3 years for the Art MFA and the PsyD). Students must enroll full time and remain in good academic standing so that they can complete their degree within the duration of their assistantship in order to remain eligible for the award

For additional information about the Graduate Assistantship process, please contact Lissette Gonzalez at 973.720.3093.