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The dean of each college will work with program coordinators to determine the total funding allocation of each department and/or academic program eligible for graduate assistantship funds. The program coordinator will monitor allocation spending, awards processed, and student eligibility based on award
criteria. See the general parameters for awarding graduate assistantships.
As of February 2016, newly admitted students communicate their interest in earning a graduate assistantship award through their admissions application. Students admitted prior to February 2016 should communicate their interests directly to their program coordinator. SGSR does not
distribute paper or electronic student applications for graduate assistantships. For questions related to the admissions application, please contact GR Admissions at 724-357-2222.
All graduate assistant awards must include both a stipend and a tuition dollar award. Two dollar amount awards will be made per graduate assistant, one for the stipend award and one for the tuition dollar award.
Part time-enrolled(enrolled in a minimum of six credits per semester) graduate students are eligible for either an eight- or 10-hour GA for fall and/or spring award.
Designated GAs have been included in college allocations. Designated GAs must be awarded as a single 20-hour GA for both fall and spring and must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student. Awards are to be assigned to one student per position.
Designated GAs must be awarded and fully monitored by the home program of the student.
Graduate assistantships are to be awarded to students enrolled in degree-seeking programs.
*Tuition based on current rates for 2016–17 AY, subject to change based on BOG action.
Graduate Assistantship Award form and save it to your desktop or other secure location, complete the form, and save it. Then upload the Graduate Assistant Award form by
logging into iforms. (Select “Upload Your Documents.”)
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For a student to receive a graduate assistantship (GA), graduate coordinators must submit the required forms by the following deadlines. Forms received after these deadlines will not be processed.
Upon completion and submission of the GA award form and a review by the School of Graduate Studies and Research, an award letter and agreement will be issued to students via their IUP e-mail address. The e-mail comes from
email@example.com, and the graduate coordinator is copied on the message.
Once the student returns their signed agreement by the deadline stated on their agreement, the Office of Human Resources will contact the student to request background clearances. Students are not permitted to
begin working until the final e-mail (e-mail number three) has arrived from SGSR indicating
that background clearances are complete and the award has been fully processed. Program coordinators and GA supervisors
are copied on e-mail number three. Attached to that e-mail message will be the GA agreement signed by the SGSR and a step-by-step checklist of next steps, including documentation needed by the Office of Payroll Services.