A Graduate Assistant (GA) is a student employee supported by funds, called a stipend, provided by the University or another source and administered through Cal U. This stipend is equivalent to a portion of the student’s tuition and does not cover fees or learning materials.
Cal U provides graduate assistantships to nearly 200 qualified graduate students each semester.
A GA is employed part time while pursuing a graduate degree. The GA's work encourages scholarship and enhances the academic experience. The work that Graduate Assistants perform for the University may be grouped into the following categories: research/scholarship; teaching/learning; and service/support.
A GA performs such specific duties as:
- Supporting instruction.
- Supervising labs or other facilities.
- Assisting faculty with scholarship.
- Contributing to departments' academic, scholarship and service endeavors.
Securing a GA Position
Graduate students who qualify for a graduate assistantship may express interest in securing a GA position by taking these steps:
- View open positions in the links below and contact directly the supervisor who is listed. (Once you find the position you are interested in, use our Directory/People Finder to locate the supervisor's contact information.)
- Contact a department, office or program that is offering a position that aligns with your academic interests.
- Check the Daily Announcements for advertised positions.
- Email your resume to Suzanne Sarra, Office of Graduate Dean, at email@example.com.
- View the Graduate Assistant Handbook
Graduate Assistants and Financial Aid
A graduate assistantship, when taxed, is not considered financial aid. Any non-taxed graduate assistantship is counted as a financial aid resource.
Graduate Assistants should be enrolled in at least two graduate-level courses each semester/term. Graduate Assistants are required to complete timesheets to document their work. Here are sample timesheets: