Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships are available to full-time graduate students who are in good standing. For further information, visit the website of individual UAA school or colleges.

Graduate Assistants can be paid for the equivalent of a maximum of 20 hours per week while school is in session. Students with assistantships must be registered for at least nine credits during the Fall and Spring semesters. Audited classes do not count towards registration requirements.

Students who have a 21 – 40 hour per week Research or Teaching Assistantship during the Summer semester are in taxable status by default and have no Summer semester registration requirements.

Teaching Assistantships

may involve teaching courses, leading a discussion section, supervising a laboratory, grading papers, or meeting with students. The typical appointment involves working up to 20 hours per week. A Teaching Assistant receives a stipend, health insurance, and tuition scholarship (see below) by the university:

  • For no more than 9 credits if the workload is 15 to 20 hours per week.
  • For no more than 5 credits if the workload is 10 to 14 hours per week.
  • If the assistantship appointment begins on or before the first day of instruction and ends on or after the last day of final examinations for that semester (16 or more weeks). 4/15/93.
  • Teaching Assistants are required to complete the UAA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) training as part of their assistantship.

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Research Assistantships

are most common in the Science and Engineering fields, but are often available in other disciplines as well.  Research Assistants work in laboratories and other settings to assist faculty on research projects.   Research Assistants who are spending significant time in the field during the Fall or Spring semesters are required to only register for 6 credits. Research Assistants also receive a stipend, health insurance, a tuition scholarship based on workload (see below) and, in some cases, a payment of fees.

  • Research Assistant support is provided by grants/contracts:

    • For no more than 9 credits, if the workload is 15 to 20 hours per week.
    • For no more than 5 credits, if the workload is 10 to 14 hours per week.
    • If the Assistantship appointment begins on or before the first day of instruction and ends on or after the last day of final examinations for that semester (16 or more weeks).


Service Assistantships

generally refers to students who are employed to aid faculty and staff members with administrative functions within a service unit whose mission is closely related to the student's area of academic study and interest.  The Service Assistants are responsible to a professional member of the service unit who supervises and trains the student in the service roll.  Duties vary depending on the administrative needs of the office making the award.  Typical examples of  service activities could be office duties, library services, residence hall duties, athletic services, or other academic or professional assignments. 

Typical appointments involve working up to 20 hours per week.  A Service Assistant receives and hourly wage, health insurance and tuiltion scholarship by the University.  

  • For no more than 9 credits if the workload is 15 to 20 hours per week.
  • For no more than 5 credits if the workload is 10 to 14 hours per week.
  • If the assistantship appointment begins on or before the first day of instruction an ends on or after the last day of final examinations for that semester (16 weeks or more).

Graduate Assistants must be registered full-time (nine credits consisting of a minimum of three graduate credits; audited classes do not count towards registration requirements).

Graduate students are eligible for student employment.  This link will take you to the latest information on available employment at UAA.

 

 
Graduate Assistant Health Insurance 
Graduate Student Insurance provided by United Health Care.

Health 101

This is an on-line information website provided by UnitedHealthcare that explains benefits of the insurance program offered through UAA.  Students may purchase annual insurance for a spouse for a premium of $6,976.00.  An individual child may be insured for $2,987.00.  The maximum premium to insure all children of a student is $6,876.00.