Graduate Assistantships

Most Iowa State doctoral students and many of our master's students are appointed to graduate assistantships (GAs). These teaching, research, and administrative appointments are made by departments, graduate programs, and research institutes. Policies concerning GAs are found in the Graduate College Handbook.

Requirements

Graduate assistants must:

In addition, teaching assistants (and other graduate students who have teaching responsibilities) who are not native speakers of American English must take International TA Program tests of oral proficiency before being assigned teaching duties. If test results are below level one, the student must take at least one communication class.

Stipend

Stipends dispersed to GAs are determined by the appointing department, program, or unit, which must provide at least the minimum amounts set for the university. The stipend is subject to income tax withholding requirements.

Tuition and Fee Reduction, and Other Benefits

GA support may be provided for limited periods of time (as briefly as one month of a summer). Many graduate students are appointed throughout their graduate programs via a sequence of appointments, each of which may be for a duration of up to one year. International students with visas should coordinate their GA appointments with theInternational Students & Scholars Office, located in Suite 3241 in the Memorial Union.