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Graduate Assistantships

Work-based financial aid awards, UW Oshkosh's graduate assistantships provide graduate students the opportunity to work in their academic field or in a closely related area. Functions of a graduate assistant include laboratory assistance, research, tutoring, proctoring, and other programmatic/academic oriented work. Teaching and/or secretarial activity is not included in this description.

Application and Information 


All students who have been admitted in full standing to a graduate degree-producing program at UW Oshkosh are eligible.

Employment may not begin until the semester for which the graduate student is accepted into a degree-producing program. Recipients must enroll in at least six graduate credits and must remain in good academic standing.

These positions are competitive and contingent on funding. Financial need is not a consideration in the selection process.


Graduate Assistants are contracted, salaried employees, and are employed for up to a maximum of 20 hours per week.

The period of employment is a 17-week semester or a 34-week academic year. Graduate assistantships are generally not available during the summer session. Common contracts are for .50 FTE (20 hours/week), .375 FTE (15 hours/week), .3375 FTE (13.5 hours/week), and .25 FTE (10 hours/week).

A graduate assistant is an employee of the University and their salary is taxable. For graduate assistants who work at least .3375 FTE or more for at least one semester, fringe benefits are available.

Fringe benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, and a death benefit at a minimal cost to the graduate student. Nonresident graduate assistants qualify for nonresident* partial graduate tuition waivers if their contract is for .3375 FTE or more.

Employment as a graduate assistant may be contingent upon the successful outcome of a criminal background check. When required, a graduate assistant may not begin employment until this background check has been completed.

In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

For more information about graduate assistants, please see the Handbook & Policy Manual.


Current (approximate) academic year salaries are:

  • .50 FTE (20 hours/week): $10,422

  • .375 FTE (15 hours/week): $7,816

  • .3375 FTE (13.5 hours/week): $7,035

  • .25 FTE (10 hours/week): $5,211


Graduate students must submit a new graduate assistantship application for each academic year for which they are seeking employment.

Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are accepted from Feb. 1, 2019, through Jan. 31, 2020. Early applications are encouraged as positions are filled as soon as qualified applicants are identified.

Completed applications will remain in a pool of eligible graduate assistants until the end of the 2019-20 academic year or until a position has been accepted by the applicant.

Decisions will be made on awards depending upon the availability of funding and the number of applications received.


* - Nonresident refers to that portion of tuition over and above resident tuition. All students are still responsible for paying the resident portion of tuition for which they are billed; there is no waiver of resident tuition and fees. This is in addition to all other fees and expenses charged.

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