A limited number of graduate assistantships are available in each department offering graduate studies programs as well as other offices or departments on campus. Students seeking information about assistantships should contact the department directly. For general information about graduate assistantships contact the School of Graduate Studies, (860-832-2363) located in Barnard 102.
Central Connecticut’s graduate assistantship program provides some financial support for students who wish to participate in an academically relevant work experience while pursuing graduate study. Graduate assistants may assist faculty in teaching classes, supervise laboratories, work with faculty who are conducting research, or participate in leadership roles for service and partnership activities. Faculty provide careful guidance so that graduate assistants develop new skills while carrying out their assigned responsibilities. At the same time, graduate assistants help faculty to meet their obligations as teachers and scholars. Thus, the program provides real benefits to the graduate student and to the University community.
Graduate students must be fully admitted by the Graduate School and pursuing course work leading to a master's degree, Ed. D, sixth year certificate, post-master's planned program, post-baccalaureate teacher certification or OCP programs. GA's are appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of a department chair or other administrative officials.
Assistantships recipients are expected to be enrolled in required courses within their planned programs of graduate study and/or prerequisites necessary to offset any undergraduate deficiencies prior to undertaking such requirements.
To receive or maintain an assistantship placement, a minimum GPA of 3.00 for all post-baccalaureate course work completed at Central Connecticut State University is required. New incoming students must have a 3.00 GPA in order to serve as a Graduate Assistant in their first semester. All graduate assistants must meet specific criteria.
Assistantships are available on a full-time or half-time basis. Students appointed as full-time GA's provide 20 hours of service per week or 300 total hours during the semester; students appointed as half-time GA's provide 10 hours of service per week or 150 total hours.
To be awarded a full-time assistantship, a graduate must be classified as a full-time student, (Nine (9) or more semester hours). Half-time appointed GA's who are full-time students must also enroll for nine (9) or more semester hours of course work. Half-time GA appointments are also available to part-time students. A part-time student who receives a graduate assistantship may take from three (3) to eight (8) semester hours of course work.
Full-time graduate assistants receive a stipend ranging from $2,400 to $4,800 each semester, in addition to a waiver of the State University and Student Activity fees and most of the General Fee. They pay resident or non-resident tuition as appropriate, a portion of the University General Fee attributable to student accident and sickness insurance, and sickness/accident insurance coverage costs as needed. Sickness/accident insurance charges and the related General Fee amount for the student insurance plan may be waived on the basis of alternate coverage.
Half-time graduate assistants receive a stipend ranging from $1,200 to $2,400 each semester. If half-time assistants enroll full-time in the general fund (nine or more semester hours), they pay full-time tuition but receive a waiver of the State University and Student Activity fees and most of the General Fee as specified for full-time assistants. Other provisions described above also apply to half-time graduate assistants who are full-time graduate students. If a graduate assistant enrolls for less than nine course credits within a semester, the student pays the appropriate fees for part-time extension fund graduate studies.
The stipend that a Graduate Assistant receives is divided into equal payments, distributed every two weeks throughout the semester.
It is the policy of Graduate Studies that a Graduate Assistant may not be employed under any other employment category by the University. In addition, a full-time Graduate Assistant is expected to make a full-time commitment to graduate study. Consequently, they shall not be engaged in significant employment outside of the University.
If the Graduate Assistant fails to meet acceptable performance standards and Graduate Policies, the department may request to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the Graduate Assistant be removed from the position.
Students can obtain an application for a graduate assistantship in the office of the Dean of Graduate Studies in Henry Barnard Hall, room 102. When applying, students should proceed as follows.
1. Contact the administrator, chair of the academic department, or principal Investigator or Project Director of a grant where you would like to obtain the assistantship by phone, by letter, or in person so that you may determine whether such a position is or will be available. It is important that you do this as soon as possible after admission if an assistantship is in your plans. Assistantships are extremely limited and fill quickly.
2. Make enough copies of the blank application to cover the number of departments where you wish to apply for an award. Although it is preferable that you pursue an assistantship in the area of your graduate study, it is not a requirement.
3. Complete each application to be submitted as an ORIGINAL FORM, including the names of two persons who can
provide letters of recommendation if requested.
4. Be sure to ask the department(s) or area(s) of application about the submission of references before you contact the persons who will provide this information.
It is also advisable to inquire about the submission of a resume and whether a personal interview is necessary and needs to be scheduled.
Out-of-area and out-of-country students may encounter difficulties if an interview is required. Alternatives to an on-campus meeting may need to be discussed with the department chair or director if this is the case. International students, in particular, may have to complete a successful semester of graduate study at Central Connecticut State University before receipt of an assistantship award.
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