A graduate assistantship is a competitive, co-curricular training opportunity that helps graduate students become more fully prepared for their intended career by allowing them to:
ISU offers four types of graduate assistantships:
In order to be eligible for a graduate assistantship, the graduate student must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours of coursework, which is in addition to hours worked in their role as a graduate assistant. Graduate assistants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
A graduate teaching assistant's primary duties support undergraduate student instruction in a classroom or laboratory, including but not limited to:
First and foremost, a graduate teaching assistant is a student themself. Their GTA experience should generally complement or contribute to their academic objectives and should not inhibit their satisfactory academic performance or interfere with the timely completion of their degree.
A graduate teaching assistantship is not intended to be equivalent to a full-time job in any way. Graduate assistants are assigned to work between 10-28 hours per week (0.25 to 0.70 FTE). For example, a graduate assistant with a .50 FTE assistantship should normally expect to devote on average about 20 hours per week to performing their assigned duties.
Approximately 34% of our graduate teaching assistants are assigned at the 0.25 FTE level, which equates to an average of 10 hours per week.
Illinois State University offers graduate assistantships to provide financial support to students enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in addition to any scholarships, grants or loans received. The supplemental financial support provided to a .50 FTE graduate teaching assistants can range from about $16,000 to $26,000 or more per academic year (nine months) and includes:
First and foremost, a graduate teaching assistant is a student themself. As such, they are subject to the same fees as all other University undergraduate and graduate students, including fees that support the University's ability to provide all students with access to a wide range of athletic and recreation facilities, wellness programs, and student support services. These student fees are based on the number of credit hours a student is enrolled in each semester and are about $2,400 per academic year for a student enrolled in 9 credit hours each semester (fall and spring).
Although this $2,400 figure includes costs associated with the Student Health Insurance fee, in fact, this fee is reimbursed by the University for all GTAs with an FTE of 0.26 or higher who choose to enroll in the student health insurance program. The student health insurance fee can also be waived if a student shows proof of insurance coverage.