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Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate Assistantship Program at Armstrong State University provides professional growth and development for graduate students through supervised work experiences. The student earns a degree and contributes to the academic mission and applied research endeavors of the institution, while gaining valuable professional experience.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Be accepted to a graduate degree program at Armstrong with either regular or provisional status.
  • Maintain at least an overall 3.0 grade point average on all graduate work attempted.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate coursework leading toward your degree. Graduate assistants may not take more than 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Make satisfactory progress toward a degree as defined by your academic department. After all degree requirements for the planned program of study are met, a student is no longer eligible to receive a graduate assistantship.
  • Graduate Students enrolled in online graduate degree programs are not eligible for assistantships.
  • Non-degree seeking or transient students are not eligible for assistantships.
Graduate Assistantship Agreement Start and End Dates, 2016 - 2017
Academic Year: August 15, 2016 - April 28, 2017
Fall Only: August 15, 2016 - December 2, 2016
Spring Only: January 9, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Summer: TBA
Graduate Assistantship Agreement Start and End Dates, 2017 - 2018
Academic Year: August 14, 2017 - April 27, 2018
Fall Only: August 14, 2017 - December 1, 2017
Spring Only: January 8, 2018 - April 27, 2018
Summer: TBA
Applying for a Graduate Assistantship
  • Fill out a Graduate Assistantship application
  • Return the application to Dr. Donna Brooks, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies in the Office of Academic Affairs (Burnett Hall 113)
  • Priority deadline for applications is April 1.
  • Applications must be submitted annually. Renewal of a previous year's contract is not automatic.
Terms of Employment
  • Graduate assistants (GA's) work 285 hours per semester in the Fall and Spring, and 152 hours in the summer semester. GA's may not work more than 19 hours per week. The exact schedule is determined by the supervisor.
  • The assistantship begins on the first day of the semester and runs to the last day of finals, unless specific arrangements are made with the hiring department. Departments must specify whether a student is to work over school or semester breaks.
  • GA's are expected to follow the Rules of Conduct delineated in the Armstrong Employee handbook.
  • GA's must remain employed during the entire period stated above to receive the graduate assistant tuition remission. A GA who resigns or is terminated during the semester must repay the institution for tuition costs.
  • GA;s may not have other employment at Armstrong or other University System of Georgia units.
  • Assessments are completed by both the assistant and the supervisor.
  • The University has established a minimum GA stipend of $2500/semester for fall and spring ($5000 for the academic year), and $1333/semester for summer. Some positions may pay above the minimum, and stipend amounts can vary from department to department. The graduate stipend is paid in monthly installments through the University Payroll (ADP).
  • Assistantships include remitted (waived) tuition but students are required to pay all mandatory university fees, (plus a matriculation fee of $25), each semester. Fees and charges are subject to change at the end of any semester. When such changes are made, notice will be given as far in advance as possible. Please see the Bursar's Mandatory Fees & Other Charges page for a list of fees you will be required to pay and other charges that may apply to you depending on your circumstances.
Health Insurance Requirement

The Board of Regents mandates that all graduate assistants maintain approved health insurance. Please see the Student Health Insurance page on the Student Affairs website for more details. If you currently have health insurance, you are required to apply for a waiver each semester you are enrolled. If you do not apply for a waiver, you must purchase the mandatory student health insurance. If you do not have health insurance, you must purchase the mandatory student health insurance. You will be contacted via your Armstrong email each semester with important information regarding the insurance requirement .

Financial Aid and Graduate Assistantships

Students who receive financial aid awards must notify the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) if they have accepted a graduate assistantship. OFA calculates funding based on need, as defined by federal regulations. The financial aid award may be processed before a student is aware that he or she will be offered a graduate assistantship. Once the student receives a tuition award, OFA, as required by federal and state regulations, may reduce some of the aid it originally offered.

Renewal, Resignation, Graduation, and Termination of Appointments

Assistantships are ordinarily assigned on a semester-by-semester or academic year-by-year basis. An appointment remains in effect only if the student maintains good academic standing, makes satisfactory academic progress, and provides satisfactory service. Assistants are eligible for reappointment at the sole discretion of the unit based on past performance of the assistant, availability of funds and the determination of the need for services.

Should a student for any reason leave the assistantship appointment before the end of the contract, he/she may be responsible for paying all tuition for that semester.