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GA Application Steps

These graduate assistantships are held by students in the graduate College of Education, College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) emphasis. 

There are dual application process that are required when applying for CSAL graduate assistantships:
1. Apply for admission to the College of Education
2. Apply for CSAL Graduate Assistantships

CSAL Graduate Assistantship Requirements:

Each Graduate Assistantship requires a baccalaureate degree and admission to the College of Education M.Ed. program. Students pursue the M.Ed. in Higher Education degree with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL). Grad assistants work 20 hours per week from around the beginning of August through May.

Award Process
While the Dean of Students Office coordinates the application process, all decisions to offer Graduate Assistantships are made by the staff in each office that sponsors an assistantship. Typically, these decisions are made by April 1.

The stipend for Graduate Assistantships is $9,000 for a 10 month appointment in non-housing departments. For Graduate Assistants in Housing, the stipend is $6,000 for a 10 month appointment plus housing accommodation and meal plan. A tuition waiver covers up to 24 credit hours per year.

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship submit the following through the online graduate assistantship application site:

1. Resume;

2. Names and contact information of three references; and

3. Statement of Intent. Please submit a two to three page statement which addresses the reasons you are interested in the student affairs profession and graduate study in the CSAL program. This statement should also address the skills and experience you will bring to not only a graduate assistantship but also to the academic program.

If you have any questions about the graduate assistantship application process or about the positions posted below, contact:

Aaron Haight
Assistant Dean of Students

2016-17 Graduate Assistantships


August 1, 2016 – May 27, 2017

  • Graduate Assistants work 20 hours per week
  • The stipend for Graduate Assistants is $9,000 for a 10-month appointment in non-housing departments.
  • For Graduate Assistants in Housing and Residence Life, the stipend is $6,000 for a 10-month appointment plus housing accommodation and meal plan.
  • Graduate assistantships include a tuition waiver which covers up to 21 graduate credit hours per year (in-state or out-of-state).
  • Parking permit.

All positions are filled at this time. Please visit the Graduate School's website for other possible postings.


August 29, 2016 – April 29, 2017

  • Graduate Assistants work 20 hours per week.
  • The stipend for Graduate Assistants is $4,000 per semester
  • Tuition credit for up to 18 graduate credits per year


12 Month Contract Position

August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017

  • Stipend of $10,800 for a 12 month contract
  • Tuition waiver, which covers up to 21 in-state graduate credit hours per year (F – 9, W – 9, S/S – 6)
  • Parking provided at GRCC

There are no positions at this time.


(These are not graduate assistantships, but are opportunities for CSAL students without assistantships.)

Semester/Dates Available:

Fall-Start Orientation Program | March – August

Winter-Start Orientation Program | October – December

Summer-Start Orientation Program | February


Typically, sessions run Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons, and Thursday evenings. There are a few Saturday mornings throughout the year as well. Seeking a candidate that could start right away and at least commit to a year of service (through August 2017).

50 week position – 20 hours per week (more hours may be available for the fall-start program)

$10.00/hour plus free parking at GRCC.

Program Description:

New Student Orientation is a program designed to improve student success during the first year of college at GRCC. In addition to developing an academic plan, students learn about college expectations, how to navigate campus, and develop an understanding of campus support programs and services. A campus overview session is presenting and students break off into small groups for hands on technology and counseling sessions.


  • Assist with Orientation Student Ambassador Training
  • Deliver Orientation Programming (e.g., welcome session, technology/registration session, etc.)
  • Deliver Parent Presentations
  • Assist with Raider Rally Orientation Event
  • Assist with Ambassador Weekly Scheduling
  • Assist with Supervision of Ambassadors
  • Oversee Daily Program and Assist in Troubleshooting Issues

Required Skills & Experiences:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Familiarity with basic computer functions (Word, Excel, e-mail, Google Apps, etc.) and campus software
  • Experience and success working with diverse populations
  • Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision
  • Some supervision experience preferred

Application Requirements Due:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two professional references

For more information please contact: Evan Macklin, Coordinator of Orientation, (p): 616-234-3512, (e) 

Please visit the Graduate Schools website for other graduate assistantship openings.