In addition to financial aid, the College has a number of opportunities to offset the cost of school while providing a meaningful learning experience.
Graduate assistantship applications may be obtained either in the departments or in The Graduate School. The primary responsibility for awarding Graduate assistantships rests with the departments. The Graduate School rules on eligibility within guidelines, which provide for stability and consistency across the University.
To be eligible to receive a graduate assistantship award a student must be fully admitted to a graduate degree program, enrolled as a full-time student (nine or more credits in fall and spring semester and six over the summer sessions), maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, progress toward completing degree objectives, perform graduate assistantship duties satisfactorily, maintain standards of academic conduct, honor the terms of the contract agreement, and meet oral English proficiency requirements.
Teaching and instructional assistants participate in undergraduate instruction either by teaching or by providing support services. Teaching assistants may serve as the instructors of record, laboratory assistants, discussion or recitation leaders, or test and paper graders. It is expected that this experience will relate to and facilitate the completion of degree requirements and also provide teaching experience relevant to a professional career.
Research assistants are assigned to participate in research or research-related tasks directed by faculty members. In addition to University-supported research assistantships, some awards are made available by individual faculty through grants from industry and government agencies. These experiences ought to be educational and provide insights into the way in which research is conducted.