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Graduate Assistantships (GA) – Administrative Offices at UNC

Some Administrative Offices on campus will hire graduate assistants. Applications for graduate assistantships offered through the administrative offices on campus are available through the Graduate School or in the administrative offices of the University.
Applications will be reviewed for admission and sent to division personnel for further screening and interviews. Availability of positions is contingent upon funding.


Graduate Assistantship (GA)

A student currently enrolled in a UNC graduate program performing administrative duties and/or assigned program related duties including instructional support but who is not the Instructor of Record. Students may be enrolled on a part or full time basis and are compensated in accordance with their agreement.

Handbook for Graduate Assistants, Graduate Part-time Instructors and Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate Assistants' Conference 

Students with contracts as graduate assistants in any division of the university should attend this virtual conference. The conference will be held virtually, via Zoom, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Here is the registration link.

Teaching Assistantship (TA)

A student currently enrolled in a UNC graduate program hired as the Instructor of Record in one or more undergraduate courses. Students may be enrolled on a part or full time basis and are compensated in accordance with their agreement.

A student classified as a GTA-A provides instruction as the faculty of record to UG students. Students classified as a GTA-B may support graduate faculty in graduate classes; are not to provide unsupervised class instruction or grading; and may expect to receive feedback from faculty on their co-teaching and grading.

GPI/GTA Conference

The Graduate Part-time Instructors and Graduate Teaching Assistant Conference is designed to prepare graduate students who will be teaching under a Graduate Part-time Instructor or Graduate Teaching Assistant contract at UNC. If you have signed or plan on signing a GPI/TA contract for Fall 2022 and/or Spring 2023, you are required to attend the Graduate Part-time Instructors and Graduate Teaching Assistant Conference.


It is each Graduate Part-time Instructor's and Graduate Teaching Assistant’s responsibility to ensure that they register and attend the GPI/TA Conference every year.

The annual training conference for Graduate Part-time Instructors and Graduate Teaching Assistants will be held virtually, via Zoom, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Here is the registration link.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Cindy Wesley, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Graduate School at cindy.wesley@unco.edu.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a teaching or graduate assistantship students must meet the following requirements:

  • The student must be admitted to a graduate degree program at UNC while maintaining good academic standing at UNC (at least a 3.0 grade point average) and not on academic probation.
  • In order to be eligible for a tuition stipend, student must maintain full-time graduate status (enroll in 3-10 credit hours per semester) during the period of the appointment. Students enrolled for dissertation hours only will be allowed to hold an assistantship for a maximum of two (2) semesters provided they are enrolled for a minimum of (6) hours of dissertation each semester.
  • Test of Spoken English (TSE) scores for International Teaching Assistants: International applicants for teaching assistantships at UNC who are not native speakers of English must submit Test of Spoken English (TSE) test scores of at least 50, in order to be University of Northern Colorado, Graduate School 5 considered for teaching assistantships. This score indicates that the individual's communication in English is generally effective, as defined by the Educational Testing Services, which means that the communication task is performed completely, and the individual successfully uses compensatory strategies:
    • Functions generally are performed clearly and effectively
    • Generally appropriate response is given to audience/situation
    • Coherent, with some effective use of cohesive devices
    • Generally accurate pronunciation, grammar, fluency and vocabulary
  • GA/TA/GRA appointments is based upon full-time employment using a 20 hour work week over 17 weeks (15 week semester plus 1 week each before and after class) as the standard. Summer is based on 13 weeks to include one week prior and one week after. Stipend is calculated based on minimum GA/TA/GRA stipends and by degree levels.
  • Students may not hold a single appointment or combination of appointments exceeding 20 hours a week for any semester, as that moves the student from a student status and is contrary to the intent of assistantships.
  • Instructional Responsibilities for Teaching Assistants. For the mutual benefit and protection of TA's and students, every teaching assistant is obligated to share with students early in the term the following:
    • Course objective
    • The general strategy, topics, subject matter, materials, and tasks to be employed to meet those objectives
    • A list of tentative deadlines for accomplishment of assigned tasks. Lead time commensurate with the task should be provided. The method, criteria and weight to be applied to each criterion in determining final grade


  • The University has established a standard base salary schedule setting a minimum level of pay for all TA/GA/GRA positions, one at the master's level (a student who does not have a master's degree or does not have at least 30 hours of graduate work) and one at the doctoral level.
  • TA, GA and GRA appointments of 16-20 hours a week during a semester receive full tuition assistance during that semester. Those appointed for 8-15 hours a week receive one-half tuition assistance and those appointed for 3-7 hours a week are not eligible for tuition assistance during that semester. Tuition is based on a per credit hour basis. The Graduate School will pay tuition from 3-10 credit hours per semester. Tuition over 10 credit hours per semester will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Eligible students will receive nonresident tuition for their first year of enrollment only. For subsequent years, only in-state tuition assistance will be given. Any exceptions to this policy must be requested in writing and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Students must apply to change their tuition classification from nonresident to Colorado resident. For information regarding tuition classification, please visit the Residency webpage. For deadlines and forms related to applying for a change in tuition classification from nonresident to Colorado resident, please visit the Deadlines, Process and Forms webpage.
  • Students are responsible for student health insurance, library fees, tech fees and course fees.

Managing your Assistantship

Information About your Assistantship:
Your graduate assistantship agreement states that tuition and partial fee waivers post to student billing accounts after the add/drop deadlines to accommodate enrollment changes. To stay informed about your assistantship, we encourage you to follow these steps:

  • Check your Ursa account. You will be able to view your fall bill starting Aug. 1. You will find details on viewing your bill at https://www.unco.edu/bursar/your-bill/. In the meantime, to obtain estimated cost information (e.g., tuition cost), please click on the tuition calculator posted at https://apps.unco.edu/tuitioncalc/.
  • If you have student loans, realize the amount of any loan may be adjusted throughout this process.
  • Check your student bill for the total number of credits enrolled.
  • Tuition and partial fee waivers are applied next, after the add/drop period, to reflect any changes (add or dropped credits) made to your registration.
  • Once your waivers have posted, check your bill and pay the balance due by the Sept. 9 billing deadline to avoid service charges for any outstanding balance remaining.

If this change in GA/TA waiver disbursement causes financial hardship, please go to the Cashier’s window at the Bursar’s Office, located in Bear Central of Campus Commons, for assistance. Alternatively, you may phone 970-351-1198 or email Kathi.Bland@unco.edu.

Stipends pay via direct deposit on the last business day of each month. Academic year appointments have 10 stipend payments, August through May, and semester appointments provide five equal payments, August through December and January through May. You will receive the same pay amount each month.

If you have any questions about the GA/TA waiver disbursement schedule, please direct them to bursar@unco.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions