Graduate Assistant Benefits
Graduate assistantships provide
graduate students with financial resources, in the form of a stipend and tuition
waiver benefit, to pursue their degrees. Stipends for individual graduate
assistants are determined by the department/college, and are prorated for
graduate assistants appointed less than full time or for less than an entire
The number of credit hours
covered by the graduate assistant’s tuition waiver benefit is determined by
appointment type and level. The tuition waiver may be applied to courses
taken during the semester of the assistantship, through the subsequent summer
sessions. The tuition waiver benefit pays tuition at the standard on-campus rate only.
Graduate assistants are classified as Michigan
residents for the purpose of determining tuition rates at CMU. This
classification remains in effect for the duration of their stay at CMU if working
on a doctoral program. For specialist's and master's degrees, and graduate
certificates, this classification as a Michigan resident is in effect only
during the academic year of the award (including the subsequent summer).
Graduate assistants are covered
by travel accident insurance which provides $25,000 to a beneficiary in case of
accidental death while traveling on university business.
Graduate assistants are given
special library privileges, allowing them to check books out for a six month
Additional information on employment and the
benefits provided to Graduate Assistants is available on the Faculty Personnel
Services website at www.fps.cmich.edu.