Graduate Assistantships: General Information
The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System provides the financial resources for a number of graduate assistantships. In addition, several college units have extramural funds to employ graduate assistants. When you have a full-time assistantship you can plan to work half time (20 hours per week) for the university. If you are a nonresident student and have at least a one half full-time equivalent position, you are also eligible for out-of-state fee remissions.
To qualify for graduate assistantships, you must:
- Be admitted to a graduate degree program at UW-Stevens Point.
- Be in good standing in the degree program (maintain at least a 3.0 GPA).
- If under contract, enroll for at least 4 graduate credits per semester and 1 during the summer.
We recommend that graduate assistants limit their maximum course loads to 9 credits a semester.
We award assistantships on a competitive basis through departments to students admitted to a graduate program. Departments normally screen applications in the spring for fall appointment. Contact your department graduate coordinator for the criteria used to select graduate assistants.
If you are selected for an assistantship, you will enter into a contract with the university. The contract includes a description of the position offered, stipend, or salary, and length of employment. Discuss the specific nature of your responsibilities as a graduate assistant with your immediate supervisor at the beginning of your appointment.
As a graduate assistant you get professionally-related assignments that assist the university such as paper grading, assisting faculty in laboratory sections and/or research projects, developing materials for classroom instruction, assisting in departmental libraries, etc. Assigned duties may include gathering, organizing, and analyzing information for a department and may involve routine clerical, secretarial, or accounting procedures. However, the main thrust of the assignment is a learning experience. There are three different categories of assistantships: research, teaching, and department support.
Fee Waivers for Out-of-State Students
Contact the department or college graduate coordinator of the program you are applying to about fee waivers.
Other Financial Aid
Information about financial aid can be found at the Financial Aid and Scholarships website.