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College of Arts & Sciences
Physics and Astronomy

Graduate Assistantship

GA Eligibility

Admission Status

Must be fully admitted to the doctoral degree program. Master’s students are not eligible for assistantships.


Must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Academic Standing 

Must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA 

GA Benefits

Teaching Assistant Stipend

Full-time TAs (teaching 20 hours per week) will receive $17,250 over the course of 9 months, to be paid bimonthly.

Tuition Waiver

Covers all credit hours in Fall and Spring if the student is a full-time TA. (tuition per credit hour is $552.25)

Health Insurance Subsidy

Covers $500 during the academic year to help pay for the university-sponsored student health insurance plan through Consolidated Health Plans (CHP). 

TA or RA summer stipends

In addition to the 9-months TA stipend, graduate students typically receive as a TA $2,708 for a summer session for a total of $19,958 for 12 months. An RA with a research group typically is paid about $5,720 for the summer. 

Per Semester Student Fees

Matriculation   $80 (one-time fee paid first semester only)
International Student    $750 (one-time fee paid first semester only)
Technology    $17 per credit hour
Health Center     $184
Mandatory Health Insurance (amount shown with subsidy)
   $652 – Fall ($200 subsidy included)
   $868 – Spring/Summer ($300 subsidy included)
   $1,520 – Annual ($500 subsidy included)

Teaching Assistantships are offered to all accepted PhD applicants; Master’s students are not eligible. Students are expected to be a TA until they earn an RA from a research group. After passing the Admission to Candidacy Exam, candidates are expected to become Research Assistants in the field they have chosen. RA stipend amounts are determined individually by each research group.