Graduate Assistantships

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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are prestigious academic awards that allow full-time, degree-seeking students the opportunity to receive a total of $4,000 or $2,000 stipend (depending on the type of assistantship received) and a waiver of tuition to complete their degree in a timely manner while gaining work experiences at the University. Tuition is waived at the current in-state tuition rate only and the student is responsible for any difference.  

Graduate Assistants must be matriculated and enrolled full-time in a graduate program. Graduate assistants are required to work at the university in an allocated unit(s) or department(s) for twenty or ten hours per week (depending on the type of assistantship received), September 1st to June 30th. The Graduate Assistantship waiver and stipend may result in a reduction of individual student loan eligibility and/or increased tax liability.

Eligibility 

  • Graduate student must be matriculated and enrolled in a degree program.   
  • The student must be full-time.  
  • Current graduate student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. 
  • The student must submit the relevant application package. 

General Information and Requirements  

If you are a new full-time graduate student or a full-time graduate student with a GPA equal to or higher than 3.00, you may submit your application to NJCU Graduate Assistantships graduateassistantships@njcu.edu.

Graduate Assistantships are only valid for the academic year awarded and can be awarded for a maximum of 2-years per student. However, Graduate Assistantships are not renewed automatically for the next academic year, and there is no guarantee to be awarded again. All Graduate Assistantship positions are contingent upon the available funding. 

The application package will only be accepted between March 1 and April 1 via email unless stated otherwise. (No paper-based application will be accepted).

Please note the following important points:

Full Graduate Assistantships

  • Full Graduate Assistantships are for a maximum of 2 years per student.
  • Full Graduate Assistantships cover tuition for a total of 18 credits for an academic year.    
  • Graduate assistants receive a stipend of $4000 over an academic year ($2000 per semester).  
  • Once the student is accepted into the program, the student is expected to work at the university for 20 hours per week, September 1st to June 30th.

Partial Graduate Assistantships 

A graduate student may be awarded a partial assistantship.

  • Partial Graduate Assistantships are for a maximum of 2 years per student.  
  • Partial Graduate Assistantships cover tuition for a total of 9 credits for an academic year.    
  • Partial Graduate assistants receive a stipend of $2000 over the academic year ($1000 per semester).  
  • Once the student is accepted into the program, the student is expected to work at the university for 10 hours per week, September 1st to June 30th.  

How to Apply

 

Please click here to access the “GA-Application Form,” and submit one-pdf file including the application form (Form #1) together with your CV/resume. The relevant instructions are as follows: 

1. Submit one-pdf file including all required documents.

2. Name your file as shown below: 
“Your college-Your Last Name-Year of application”

  • For the college that you are/will be matriculated, please use the following abbreviations: 
    • For School of Business: SOB
    • For College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 
    • For College of Education: COE 
    • For College of Professional Studies: CPS 
      • Examples for file name:  
        COE-Gonzales-2021-2022 
        CAS-Belldovoud-2021-2022

3. Submit the application package to graduateassistantships@njcu.edu

Please note: 

  • Paper-based applications will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • In case of withdrawal from a course, received stipends must be reimbursed retroactively and proportionally.  In case of failure of a course, relevant semester’s stipend ($2,000 or $1,000) must be reimbursed, and GA will be terminated for the upcoming semester.
  • Full Graduate Assistants are allowed to take more than 9 credits per semester, however the assistantship will not cover more than 9 credits per semester
  • Partial Graduate Assistants are allowed to take more than 9 credits per semester, however the assistantship will not cover more than 4.5 credits per semester. 
  • Students may specify an office or department that would be of particular interest for employment, but this is neither required nor guaranteed. 
  • A student may be assigned to an office or department unrelated to their area of study. 
  • GA allocations are assigned by the Office of the Provost, however GA will be selected by the department/unit. 
  • All information is subject to change without notice.