Graduate Assistantships

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Graduate Assistantships are intended to support and enhance student’s academic experience through granting tuition waivers, in return for providing academic services to their schools, such as teaching and research. 

Rights and Obligations

  • To be eligible for graduate assistantship, a student shall take a minimum of 6 credits and a maximum of 9 credits in the Fall and Spring semesters and a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 6 credits in Summer.  Students who are left with one course to graduate may be granted assistantship during that last semester.
  • Students with the status of special undergraduate and students on probation are not eligible for graduate assistantship.
  • Graduate students granted full (100%) assistantship are entitled to 100% tuition waiver. In return, the student is required to provide twenty working hours per week.
  • For partial assistantship grants, the percentage of tuition waiver and the number of weekly work hours are prorated.
  • Graduate assistants are not entitled to the benefits granted to University Faculty and Staff members according to the Personnel Policy. 
  • The tuition waiver does not cover any repeated course, irrespective of the reason for repeating it, including withdrawal. 
  • Only graduate courses are covered by the assistantship tuition waiver. Undergraduate courses taken as pre-requisite, remedial or complementary courses are not, except in cases to be approved by department / school.

Procedures

Graduate students interested in applying for the graduate assistantship should submit a GA application to the School, by each term’s specified deadline. Selection of graduate assistants is made through a committee appointed by the school’s dean. Decisions are recorded in the minutes of meetings and are communicated to the applicants and the Business Office in writing. The assistantship contracts are signed by the dean, the department chair and the student.

The selection of graduate assistants is guided by the following criteria and considerations:

  • The student should be in good academic standing.
  • The student should not be a Special Undergraduate or on probation.
  • The student’s interests and skills must fit the departmental needs for teaching, research or other duties.
  • The allocated budget should be respected.

To renew a graduate assistantship, a student must be in good academic standing and must have performed the assigned duties satisfactorily in the preceding semesters, as determined by a positive evaluation of the supervising faculty. Evaluation is performed every semester using a divisional/School form.

Graduate Assistantship Program

Who is eligible    

  • Any graduate student in good standing.
  • Excludes Executive MBA students .

What it covers

  • Up to 100% tuition for the duration of the program. Renewed each academic year.
  • Covers summer courses.

Number of awards

  • Varies depending upon the School’s needs.
  • Approximately 100-120 assistantships are awarded each academic year with varying amounts of assistance up to 100%.

Award criteria

  • Undergraduate GPA; GMAT score; student’s time availability to work; School needs.

Requirements

  • Must work up to 20 hours per week at LAU for 100% tuition.

Restrictions

  • No restriction on working outside of LAU but must meet LAU work requirements first.
  • Must have a minimum GPA for renewal in next academic year.

When to apply

  • No later than the end of Summer (early August) or Fall Semester (early February).