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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.

Administrative Graduate Assistantships Application

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.

Graduate Student Employment

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.

TA Conference

The Graduate Teaching Assistant Conference is designed to prepare graduate students who will be teaching under a Teaching Assistant Contract at UNC. If you have signed, or plan on signing a TA contract for Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019, you are required to attend the Graduate Teaching Assistant Conference.


It is each TA’s responsibility to ensure that they are pre-registered and attend the GTA Conference every year. The 2018 GTA Conference was held on Wednesday, Aug. 15.  Information for the 2019 GTA Conference will be available July 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact gspd@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.