Graduate Assistantship Rules

1.  Tuition waiver credit hours received for all GVSU funded graduate assistantships will be as follows:

  1. 9-month GA – 18 credit hours (F – 9, W – 9)
  2. 10-month GA – 21 credit hours (F – 9, W – 9, S/S – 3)
  3. 12-month GA – 24 credit hours (F – 9, W – 9, S/S – 6)
  • *Tuition waivers are to be used for graduate coursework at GVSU. With approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies, tuition waivers may be used for undergraduate coursework required for a graduate degree program at GVSU. Students will be limited to receiving a maximum of 9 credit hours of tuition waiver during the Fall and Winter semesters and a maximum of 6 credit hours of tuition waiver during the Spring/Summer semester.

2.  Unused tuition waiver credits may not be rolled over into subsequent semesters without approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

3.  Full-time, 9-month graduate assistantships may be split into two half-time positions with the prior notification of the Dean of Graduate Studies.  Half-time, 9-month graduate assistantship positions will receive 4.5 credit hours of tuition waiver for both the Fall and Winter semesters (9 credit hours total).

4.  Full-time, 10-month and 12-month graduate assistantships may only be split into two half-time positions with the prior approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

5.  All graduate assistantships must have a current position description that is consistent with the Guidelines for Writing Graduate Assistant Job Descriptions. In order to be in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service definition of the tuition reduction exemption for Graduate Assistants (GA) all job responsibilities for GAs must include a significant instructional or research component.  If the GA responsibilities are non-instructional or non-research then the tuition remission and stipend received by the student is subject to Federal, State, and Local withholding tax under I.R.C. § 117(d).  Please clearly identify the significant instructional or research component when submitting the GA Job Descriptions..

6.  All graduate assistants MUST attend New Graduate Assistant Orientation during the first semester of their appointment.

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