Fort Hays State University > About FHSU > Academic Divisions > Graduate School > Graduate Assistantships
The university awards, on a competitive merit basis, a number of
graduate teaching assistantships for qualified graduate degree-seeking
students in most degree areas of graduate study. Successful completion
of a criminal background check is required for all applicants for
university assistantships. The stipend, which may vary by the award, is
for the academic year or for one semester. The assistantship is awarded
only in the department of the applicant’s major and may be renewable
for one year. A full-time graduate assistant cannot hold another job or
position on campus unless approved by the Graduate Dean (e.g. summer
employment beyond the contracted work period, etc.). Part-time graduate
assistants may hold additional on-campus jobs as long as the total
hours worked does not exceed 20 hours per week.
maximum time that a graduate student may hold an assistantship is for a
total of four academic semesters unless approved by the Graduate Dean
in consultation with the department chair for extenuating
must work a required number of hours per week in a major subject
area and may not be enrolled in more than 12 semester hours of coursework
per semester. Graduate assistants must be enrolled in a minimum
of six graduate hours per semester and three graduate hours for
the summer term in courses on an approved graduate degree program.
However, in order to be considered a full-time graduate student,
a graduate assistant must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graduate
credit hours. Tuition waivers of various levels may be available only
for university graduate teaching assistantships. No tuition waivers
are associated with departmental research or administrative assistantships.
assistantship applications and required supporting materials must
be sent directly to the Graduate School. No application can be reviewed
until all materials are in the Graduate School and the student has
been admitted to a graduate degree program.
sometime secure private funds, governmental grants, and other funds
that may assist graduate students financially and professionally.
Inquiries concerning departmental assistantships, which carry no
tuition waivers, should be directed to the chair of the departmental
major. The student seeking departmental assistantships must also
apply through the Graduate School.Per Semester
The number in parentheses indicates the percent
assignment based upon 40 hours.
** If GTA is non-resident. Graduate Assistant Application Form Consent to Background CheckSummary of Rights
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