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A primary component of a strong student affairs program is its ability to balance classroom learning with practical experiences and to support its students through providing various graduate assistantships. SAHE is proud that approximately 90 percent of its students hold assistantships at IUP or at neighboring institutions. Most assistantships are offered as a two-year commitment, following a successful first-year review; however, some graduate assistantship contracts are for one year.

Assistantships are awarded based upon undergraduate experiences and credentials, practitioner recommendations, and successful interviews. Students who have been fully accepted into the program and qualify for an assistantship will be invited to participate in SAHE’s prospective student Visitation and Assistantship Interviews. Details on the visitation will be made available in January.

Supervisors who host a SAHE GA and whose position will become vacant for the following year will interview prospective students at the visitation/interview day. The awarding of those positions will begin within a few weeks of the visitation and will continue for several months until all positions are filled.

The list below provides examples of where SAHE students have held assistantship positions at IUP and in various offices at other institutions:

Assistantship Options for SAHE

IUP Sites Off-Campus Sites

Advising and Testing Center
Alumni Affairs
Career Services and Exploration
- Career Planning
- University Testing
Center for Student Life
- Campus Initiatives
- Greek Life
- Health AWAREness
- Judicial Affairs
- Student Activities
Disability Services
Graduate Admissions
Housing and Residence Life
- Resident Director
- Training and Leadership
Orientation
Student Affairs in Higher Education (Academic Dept)
- Administration
- Program Development
- Marketing and Recruitment

Carnegie Mellon University
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
- Venango Campus
Frostburg State University
Lock Haven - Clearfield
Penn State University
- Altoona Campus
- New Kensington Campus
St. Vincent College
Seton Hill University
University of Pittsburgh
- Greensburg Campus
- Johnstown Campus
Point Park University

The basic compensation package for an IUP on-campus assistantship is a full tuition waiver plus a $5,540 stipend per academic year. IUP’s graduate resident directors receive room and board and a $5,800 stipend in addition to tuition. Compensation packages vary at the other institutions, but they usually equal or exceed the "value" of the basic IUP package.

Prospective Students

Prospective students apply for an asisstantship when they apply for admission into the SAHE program. The Graduate Assistant Admission Application must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies and Research in addition to all application materials required by the graduate school and the SAHE Department.

  • Student Affairs in Higher Education Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-1251
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.