Students can be awarded research assistantships either for one semester or for two semesters. Some research assistantships come with a tuition waiver. Research assistants must register for 9 credits each semester. If you received a tuition waiver please read the following information carefully.
Tuition Waivers cover only the cost of in-state or out-of-state tuition. Other fees charged by the University are not covered. For academic year 2009-10, these fees total approximately $1,375 per semester. Included in the fees is student health insurance, which is approximately $750 per semester. (Graduate Assistants' Out-of-Pocket Expenses for 2009-2010). Fees are subject to change without notice.
Research assistants must hold the bachelor's degree, be admitted to the Graduate School in a degree program, and enroll for a minimum of 9 credits per semester. Failure to meet these requirements, or failure to maintain an acceptable level of academic work is cause for terminating the assistantship.
In order for students to receive their first paycheck on Sept. 1, their contracts and all other payroll information must be turned in to the student payroll office by Aug. 8. The paperwork is sent by department support staff in individual programs to the Graduate School, the College of Arts and Sciences or the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for processing. Please contact your program for information about the status of your contract for fall semester.
Students who completed filling out contract paperwork by Aug. 8 will receive their first check on Sept. 1. Subsequent pay dates are the first of each month. Students who received an RA for one semester will receive their stipend in 10 equal installments. Students who received an RA for two semesters will receive their stipend in 20 equal installments.
Students who did not complete their contract paperwork by Aug. 8 will receive their first check on Sep. 15 in a combined payroll for August and September. If this delay causes a financial hardship, students are advised to contact Mary Kamensky in the Graduate School at (406) 243-4598.
The individual program information sections of this web site describe application procedures and give more detailed information about RA positions.