A graduate assistantship is an opportunity to work on campus in a research or service-oriented capacity in order to gain valuable work experience in higher education or an academic field and earn a tuition waiver and stipend.
Graduate students matriculated in degree-seeking programs are eligible. They must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in their graduate programs
Answer “Yes” to the question on the graduate admission application about being interested in a graduate assistantship. This will place your name on a list of students from which academic departments will hire their graduate assistants. Due to the nature of the work, most academic departments hire students from their programs to be graduate assistants. Please note that academic departments may require the completion of additional steps to apply. Please contact the graduate coordinator of your program for more information.
|Tuition Credits Waived (per semester)||Hours Required (per week)||Stipend Amount (per semester)|
Yes. International students must contact the Center for International Programs for instructions before beginning the hiring process.
There are several steps to complete the hiring process
No, graduate assistants are not required to submit timesheets either to the Office of Human Resources or to the Office of Graduate Studies. However, it is strongly recommended that graduate assistants maintain a written, signed log of all hours worked with their supervisors in case any discrepancies arise.
Graduate assistants are paid their stipends divided into eight (8) installments in accordance with the WCU’s pay schedule.
(along with corresponding work weeks)
· September 15 - for pay period ending September 1
(payment for only ONE week)
· September 29 - for pay period ending September 15
· October 13 - for pay period ending September 29
· October 27 - for pay period ending October 13
· November 9 - for pay period ending October 27
· November 22 - for pay period ending November 10
· December 8 - for pay period ending November 24
· December 22- for pay period ending December 8
If you need to withdraw from a class that would take you below the credits required by your contract, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org from your WCU e-mail account before submitting a course withdrawal form. If you need to withdraw from the University, please contact email@example.com before submitting a term withdrawal form. Please note that withdrawing could result in a financial penalty up to and including the full tuition cost of the tuition waiver.
To hire a graduate assistant, please submit the Request to Hire form through SharePoint.
General information for GA supervisors (Accessible in SharePoint)