Fall 2014 Paydates
(corresponding work weeks)
September 19 for (8/25 - 9/5)
October 3 for (9/8 - 9/19)
October 17 for (9/22 - 10/3)
October 31 for (10/6 - 10/17)
November 14 for (10/20 - 10/31)
November 28 for (11/3 - 11/14)
December 12 for (11/17 - 11/28)
December 26 for (12/1 - 12/12)
The graduate assistantship stipend is distributed on a bi-weekly basis through West Chester University's Payroll Office (eight payments per semester). Unless direct deposit is established, checks must be picked up in the Payroll Office each payday.
Graduate Assistants are not required to submit timesheets to the Payroll Office. The process for tracking time and attendance is the responsibility of each individual department.
Graduate Assistants are NOT REQUIRED to work during University authorized breaks/days off (i.e. fall/spring break) unless the job description provided by the hiring department specifically indicates this as a stipulation. Additionally, graduate assistants ARE REQUIRED to work during the week of final exams unless an alternate agreement is reached with the immediate supervisor.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to qualified graduate students for Fall and Spring semesters ONLY. Interested students should contact their graduate coordinator to determine the availability of assistantships.
To be eligible to receive a graduate assistantship, the student must satisfy the following requirements:
- Must be a fully matriculated, degree-seeking, graduate student; certification students are not eligible, and provisionally accepted students are not eligible unless the provisions are removed before the semester begins. Exceptions must be approved by the dean of graduate studies and extended education
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for current graduate students (if a graduating senior, the undergraduate GPA must be at least 2.8)
- Have indicated interest in a graduate assistantship on the electronic application for admission to graduate studies
Assistantships are also offered by departments outside of the individual colleges (non-academic) such as the Academic Programs and Services Division, Residence Life and Housing, the Academic Computing Center, and other offices. The announcements posted under "Current Opportunities" are usually from (but not restricted to) these areas.
Graduate assistants, in return for up to 20 hours of assigned duties per week, receive tuition remission, and a stipend. Students are responsible for any charges other than tuition. Maintaining graduate assistantships requires students to demonstrate both satisfactory performance in meeting assigned hours, dates, and responsibility, as well as good academic standing. Students holding graduate assistantships who fail to maintain good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0) will have their assistantships revoked. This policy includes grades received for courses taken during summer and winter sessions. Departments also may stipulate higher academic standards for maintaining assistantships.
ALL students awarded GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS FOR THE FIRST TIME are required to complete the new hire process with the Payroll Office PRIOR to receiving a contract for signature. A social security card and a current driver’s license or state issued identification must be presented in order to complete the W4, I9 and criminal background check. This requirement does not apply to students that have previously held student worker positions with West Chester University. First time Graduate Assistants are NOT ALLOWED to begin working until this process is completed.
For more detailed information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.