Quick Answer: How Does A Graduate Assistantship Work?

What is a Graduate Assistantship?

A graduate assistantship is a salaried student employment opportunity for graduate students.

Graduate assistants work a set number of hours per week and in return receive a tuition waiver and, often times, a monthly living stipend.

Is it hard to get a graduate assistantship?

Most graduate assistantships will ask for professional references. ​It is hard enough to find graduate assistantships, but once you do it can be even harder to actually get the job. Graduate school itself is competitive but securing an assistantship is even more competitive.

Do graduate assistants get free tuition?

The details vary by graduate program and school, but many students earn a stipend between roughly $6,000 and $20,000 annually and/or free tuition. At some larger universities, you may be eligible for additional benefits, such as insurance. In essence, you are paid to pursue your degree as a teaching assistant.

How much is a graduate assistantship?

What is an Assistantship? As the average sticker price for earning a graduate degree continues to rise to nearly $30,000 at public universities and $40,000 at private colleges each year, many students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree decide to supplement their funding with an assistantship.

Why do I want a graduate assistantship?

One way to obtain work experience in graduate school is through a graduate assistantship. A unique experience during graduate years, graduate assistantships provide an excellent learning environment, exposing students to what it is like to be in the workforce (and will also help you in financing graduate school!).