Tiers and Categories
We use Tiers to better accommodate the correct allocation of stipends and waivers to the amount of work required of the student. There are four Tiers:
TiersHours Worked per WeekStipend Amount per SemesterTuition Waiver Hours per Semester*
I10 hrs/week$2,200 per SemesterMaximum 6 hours waived
II15 hrs/week$3,850 per SemesterMaximum 9 hours waived
III20 hrs/week$5,500 per SemesterMaximum 12 hours waived
IV-Pre-Arrangedmax 20 hrs/weeknegotiatedMaximum 12 hours waived
*only graduate level credit hours can be waived. We cannot waive tuition for undergraduate courses.
Tier IV Pre-Arranged are situations where The Graduate College has committed a set
number of stipends for a defined period of time and/or a specific stipend amount.
These situations may include a new program starting up, special recruitment situations,
or responses to a need related to an external agency or grant. Tier IV Pre-Arranged
are negotiated with The Graduate College office staff.
Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) - this position is for graduate students that are teaching a course(s) and listed as the "Teacher of Record" (TOR) or assisting with teaching courses (assisting a faculty member with classroom activities such as grading tests/quizzes/papers, leading a discussion section, conducting labs, posting materials or responding to questions on D2L, tutoring students; or other special activities). Graduate students in this category must have completed GRAD 9001 - College and University Teaching or an approved equivalent before starting their teaching assignment.
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) - this is a student whose work predominantly involves assisting a faculty member
with academic research. GRAs are not independent researchers and are not directly
responsible for the outcome of the research. They are responsible to, and report to
a research supervisor or principal investigator (PI). The duties of a Graduate Research
Assistant primarily involve applying and mastering research concepts, practices, or
methods of scholarship. Duties may include but are not limited to:
performing independent research under the direction of a faculty member; conducting literature reviews or library research; preparing materials for submission to funding agencies, foundations, or IRB; collecting, coding, cleaning or analyzing data; designing an experiment; assisting in a faculty member's laboratory; coding computer programs to automate processes; presenting findings in a publication or dissertation; co-authoring the resulting research papers.