Assistantships are a type of funding unique to graduate students. At Ball State, full-time graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver and a stipend, paid over 10 months. In exchange, students work 20 hours per week in the department or unit that awarded their assistantship. Half-time assistants receive a waiver of half their tuition and work 10 hours per week. Unlike a loan, funding from an assistantship does not need to be repaid.
Full-time graduate and doctoral assistants also receive a remission of the contingent portion of the general fee, remission of the graduate course fee, and an out-of-state fee waiver. Half-time assistants pay half fees including the nonresident fee. Graduate assistants are required to pay dedicated fees.
Stipend levels are determined by each academic unit and typically range from $6,500 to $10,500.
More About Assistantships
The Graduate School Web site contains more about assistantships including amenities, policies, deadlines, and financial information.
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