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Graduate Assistantship FAQ

When will I receive my GA stipend? 

Can I use my GA stipend to pay my tuition? 

Do GAs receive any tuition waivers? 

I've been offered a GA; what do I do next? 

Can I hold another job in addition to my assistantship? 

If I'm reappointed next year, do I need to do anything? 

What happens if my GPA drops below the required 3.0 at the end of my semester? 

 


 

 

 When will I receive my GA stipend?  

Answer:  Student’s who hold a graduate assistantship are eligible to receive a stipend in the amount of $10,000 for the academic year (fall and spring) or $5,000 per semester. The stipend is paid to the student in the form of a bi-monthly salary on the 15th and 30th of each month, typically beginning August 30th. The student may sign-up for direct deposit by visiting Human Resources or by picking up their payroll check in the department in which they work. 



Can I use my GA stipend to pay my tuition? 

Answer:  Because the stipend is paid to the student in the form of a salary, it cannot be applied directly to the student's tuition account. However, if necessary, payment arrangements can be made which will allow the student to pay a certain amount towards their tuition each time they receive their payroll check. The student should visit Accounting and Financial Services to find out if they qualify to set-up payment arrangements.

 

Do GAs receive any tuition waivers? 

Answer:  The GA program does not currently offer any type of tuition waivers; however, this is a topic we hope to explore further in the near future.

 

I've been offered a GA; what do I do next? 

Answer:  Once you've obtained a graduate assistantship with a department, you will need to make certain that you've completed the following steps: 1) admitted to your degree program, 2) enrolled in at least 9 graduate credit hours (per semester) and, 3) completed and submitted the GA application either to the department GA supervisor or to Ollie Floyd in the Graduate School. You will also need to visit Human Resources to fill out other employment paperwork (i.e., I-9 form, W-4 form, etc.). In order to continue your assistantship, you will need to maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA each semester.

You will need to follow-up with the department to find out your work schedule and responsibilities. You will work closely with your GA supervisor and department personnel to ensure that your duties are completed in a timely manner.

 

Can I hold another job in addition to my assistantship? 

Answer:  Morehead State University has a responsibility to assist you in your progress towards the successful completion of your degree program. Therefore, special permission from the Graduate School is required for university employment of that other than your assistantship. Please contact Ollie Floyd for more information.

 

If I'm reappointed next year, do I need to do anything? 

Answer:  Reappointment of all graduate assistants is limited to four semesters and is predicated on satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory performance of duties. Reappointment typically occurs by June 30th before the start of the fall semester. Students should contact their department if they have questions about the continuation of their assistantship. If you are reappointed, you will not have to submit any employment paperwork.

 

What happens if my GPA drops below the required 3.0 at the end of my semester?   

Answer:  Failure to maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA will result in the loss of the graduate assistantship position and benefits associated with the award. The student will be permitted a two-week time period to rectify the situation before the assistantship is terminated.

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