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Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of assistantships are awarded yearly to degree-seeking graduate students.

Graduate assistantships at IUP are intended for the use of highly qualified graduate students who have been admitted to degree programs. Assistantships requiring roughly twenty hours of work weekly for both the Fall and Spring semesters (maximum of 600 hours over the period of the assistantship) provide, at a maximum, a specific stipend amount along with full tuition remission during the academic year. Graduate students working roughly ten hours weekly for both the Fall and Spring semesters (a maximum of 300 hours over the period of the assistantship) receive, at a maximum, one-half the total stipend amount and a 50 percent tuition waiver in the academic year. Both ten-hour and twenty-hour assistantships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence rather than financial need.

Highly qualified graduate students who have been admitted to degree programs and who are enrolled part time (six credits in the Fall; six credits in the Spring) for the academic year are eligible for ten-hour graduate assistant support. Part-time graduate students awarded an assistantship work roughly ten hours weekly and receive one-half the usual stipend, a one-half tuition waiver in the academic year (three credits in the Fall; three credits in the Spring). Assistantships for part-time students are awarded on the basis of academic merit rather than financial need.

Since stipends for assistantships may change from year to year, applicants should check with the School of Graduate Studies and Research for current stipend levels.

Applications and further information are available at the office of the assistant dean for Administration, School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Contacts

Paula Stossel: 724-357-1293
Lynne Troyan: 724-357-4511

Process

  1. Completed by the student, the Graduate Assistantship Application is submitted as part of the process for admission to IUP.
  2. Assistantship applications are forwarded to the appropriate program coordinator as soon as the SGSR receives them.
  3. On or about February 15, each program coordinator will be advised of their assistantship allocation for the upcoming academic year. Assistantship allocation types include:
    1. Unrestricted: Assignment locations may be made at the discretion of the coordinator.
    2. Designated: Assignment locations are specifically designated according to prior arrangements.
  4. Each coordinator will identify the student(s), complete an Assistantship Assignment form for each student, and obtain the signature of the work site supervisor.
  5. The coordinator will return the assignment form to the SGSR; attn. Lynne Troyan, by the date indicated in the allocation letter.
  6. The letter of agreement will be prepared and sent to the student for signature.
  7. Coordinators may access the banner form SGAASST to view the status of the assistantship award.

Note: An assistantship may not be reallocated once it has been accepted by the student and payment of the stipend has been initiated.

Graduate Assistantship Application

  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Stright Hall, Room 101
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1048
  • Phone: 724-357-2222
  • Fax: 724-357-4862
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Summer: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.