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 twenty hours per week, September 1st to June 30th. 


Graduate assistantships are awarded competitively, based on specific qualifications. In order to be eligible for a graduate assistantship, you must (1) be accepted into, or enrolled, in a William Paterson graduate degree program; (2) have completed and filed a graduate assistantship application by April 1; (3) have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0; (4) submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation from former supervisors; (5) provide a copy of your resume; and (6) provide a statement about your career goals. 

Applying for a Graduate Assistantship

You must complete the graduate admission application for a graduate degree program. Also, you must complete the graduate assistantship application (see requirements above). Your graduate assistantship application will be reviewed by the academic departments after acceptance into a graduate program.

To apply for a graduate assistantship, please download the graduate assistantship application [pdf].

*Please be advised that the Graduate Assistantship waiver often results in the reduction of student loan eligibility.

Selection Process

Once you have been accepted into a graduate degree program, your graduate assistantship application will be available for departmental review. After review of graduate assistantship applications and supporting documentation, candidates may be interviewed. Upon completion of all interviews, a department selects the person to fill their graduate assistant positions and submits their recommendations to the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.

If selected, you will be informed of your appointment to a graduate assistantship and your assignment by a letter from the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. 

For reappointment, you must submit a new application.This process includes the graduate assistantship application and a letter of recommendation from the department in which you are employed. If you are seeking an appointment to a different department, you must complete the graduate assistantship application and submit two new letters of recommendation and a statement about your career goals. These documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions by April 1.  


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 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.

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