Graduate Assistantships and Financial Support
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Graduate Assistantships

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Overview

A graduate assistantship (GA) is an avenue for a graduate student to earn experience and financial benefits while attending APSU in a chosen or related field of study. Graduate assistants (GAs) will contribute in significant ways to APSU and are selected from among a very competitive group of superior graduate students. Thus, regardless of your specific duties as a graduate assistant, your assistance will be a central element in delivering top quality instruction or service to the university community. Although the workload varies throughout the departments, excellence is always expected. It is important that GAs are able to prioritize so neither the GA assignment nor grades suffer, and performance is always optimal.

Graduate assistantship positions allow qualified students an opportunity to gain experience while continuing their studies. These experiences not only further the knowledge and education experience, but also provide or build upon skills needed in a professional environment. In addition to these practical skills, successful GAs gain the respect of supervisors that can eventually become colleagues or references.

What kind of graduate assistantships does APSU offer?

There are three different categories of assistantships. You will be assigned an assistantship in a particular category. The descriptions below indicate what is expected of you and what you can expect of your department, program, or office. Graduate assistants are required to work approximately 20 hours per week in their assigned locations. Assignments may include research assistant, teaching assistant, and/or administrative assistant. To retain the assistantship, students must be enrolled full-time during their assigned terms and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA): A Graduate Teaching Assistant is employed by the university to provide direct support for the teaching mission of the unit.

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA): A Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) is employed by the university to perform duties related to a scholarly project or program of research under the guidance and direction of faculty member. The duties of a research assistant involve applying and mastering conceptual and theoretical ideas, practices, or methods of scholarship. A Research Assistans may be employed outside his or her academic department in a capacity in which the assistant brings knowledge or skills related to his or her program of study. The GRA is not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week at APSU during the fall or spring semesters (a maximum of 20 hours a week for 16 weeks in Fall and 16 weeks in Spring). The GRA is eligible for a full tuition waiver per Internal Revenue Code 117.

Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA): A Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA) is employed by the university in a capacity not related to his or her program of study and does not engage in activities directly related to research or teaching. The GAA is not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week at APSU during the fall or spring semesters (a maximum of 20 hours a week for 16 weeks in Fall and 16 weeks in Spring). The GAA is not eligible for a full tuition waiver per Internal Revenue Code 117.

It is important to note that each department is required to devise a GA job description for their area. You should obtain the job description at the beginning of your assignment to ensure you are meeting the required expectations.

Other

Graduate Student Worker (GSW):  A GSW is employed by the university in university related duties for hourly pay. The GSW is not eligible for any tuition waiver. The GSW is not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week at APSU during the fall or spring semesters (a maximum of 20 hours a week for 16 weeks in Fall and 16 weeks in Spring). GSW’s are eligible to work fulltime (37.5 hours/week) when not enrolled in course(s) for additional pay during the summer terms.

Graduate Assistant Eligibility Requirements

GAs in all three categories must be fully admitted to a graduate program at APSU to begin and retain their positions. Full admission requirements vary by program. Please review admission requirements for your desired Graduate Program.

Applicants who are applying for a graduate assistantship in the Department of Health and Human Performance must have an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 and meet the minimum GRE revised General Test scores of: Verbal - 140, Quantitative - 140, and Analytical Writing - 2.5.

Financial Benefits

Fall and Spring Assistantships

Summer Assistantships

The College of Graduate Studies does not normally award graduate assistantships for the summer term. A limited number of summer assistantships may be arranged by individual hiring departments on a case-by-case basis, provided work is needed and funding is available.

Other (any time of the year)