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Assistantship Specifics
I have what I realize is a pretty naive question. I am trying to figure out what exactly an assistantship covers. Do all assistantships imply a (in-state) tuition waiver + stipend? Does a 50% appointment cover 50% tuition, while a 25% appointment covers 1/4, or do the numbers simply refer to the percentage of hours out of 40 the position covers, with 25% appointments only lasting 9 instead of 12 months?

I have read the FAQs where it says, "All assistantships awarded to M.S. degree students provide a waiver of the base in-state tuition and service fee as well as a stipend." but I keep thinking this is just too good to be true.

Further, if any current students can comment on how the future assistantship situation is looking in the current economy (for example if any positions have lost funding), that would also be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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From: khamsin Date: December 18th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
If your assistantship provides a tuition waiver, it covers the base tuition (all of it) and service fee (all of it). Your stipend varies depending on your percentage, but the waiver does not. Please not the IN STATE tuition part - it doesn't cover the out of state portion or the GSLIS-specific tuition.
alethiosaur From: alethiosaur Date: December 19th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
The percentages do refer to the number of hours out of 40 (so 50%=20 hours/week). Some assistantships are 9-month, others 12-month. 9 month assistantships do not accrue vacation time (I'm not sure about sick time though).

You need at least a 25% assistantship to get the waiver.

The situation is pretty sweet though. In addition to the waivers and stipend, health insurance, vision, and dental are included.

The budget cuts are scary. For the coming semester, a hiring freeze nixed any new assistantships to replace December graduates, but hopefully, that will be over come fall. There is talk of cutting down the number of assistants for a department, or decreasing percentages. Be sure they are offering you an assistantship and not a hourly position. Grad hourly doesn't include benefits or the waiver (just the stipend), and that's what was offered to some people for next semester.

Good luck!

Edited at 2008-12-19 08:33 am (UTC)
From: 0verthinker Date: December 19th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks to both of you for answering the question. Makes a lot more sense now. Here's hoping that hiring freeze gets nixed asap...
From: salct Date: April 8th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Assistantships, economy, etc.

Does anyone know what the situation is like now? I'll be enrolling for fall semester, but only if I get an assistantship.
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