A graduate assistantship (GA) is a type of stipend available to qualified students. There are a limited number of these positions available at Cal U.
Assistantships are generally available for four semesters. Students are only eligible for an assistantship for one degree. If you are admitted for a second graduate degree, you will not be eligible for an assistantship. International students are not eligible for an assistantship during their first semester.
In order to maintain a graduate assistantship, you must be in good academic standing and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. For a full stipend (300 hours), you must be registered for 9 or more graduate credits. Partial stipends may be granted for less than 9 credits. GAs are required to have a payroll deduction unless otherwise indicated by the Bursar's Office. The GA salary is considered taxable income and may affect future financial aid eligibility.
To apply, send a cover letter and resume highlighting work experience (particularly at a college or university) and research experience to California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California, PA 15419. Specify one of the following:
- School of Graduate Studies and Research Box 91
- Office of the President Box 95
- Accounting Office Box 11
- Office of Student Affairs Box 86
- University Advancement Box 62
Check the availability of graduate assistantships by calling Graduate Studies (724-938-4187), Administration and Finance (724-938-4432), Student Affairs (724-938-4439), University Advancement (724-938-5938) and Office of the President (724-938-4400).