Assistantships are available for master's and doctoral students through a variety of departments and colleges at Ball State University. Students are not limited to their major's department or college and are encouraged to consider other departments and colleges when looking for an assistantship. Each department or area has its own application forms and processes, so applicants are encouraged to contact offices directly to obtain information.
Students are generally required to work 20 hours per week for the assistantship. Work usually begins the first day of classes in the term and continues through the last day of the final examination period. Other employment is generally not allowed. Exceptions are only made with approval from the department chair and graduate dean. These exceptions allow for a maximum of 10 hours of additional on-campus employment. Assistants are also required to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.
Benefits of holding an assistantship include:
- Resident fee classification for assistant and his/her spouse or children.
- Tuition fee remission (not including dedicated, special course, Health Center, technology, or miscellaneous fees).
- Additional stipend.
- Private study rooms or lockable book trucks are available for reservation at Bracken Library.
- No fee for attending regularly scheduled athletic events.
- Recreation facilities in the Irving Gymnasium Complex and Ball Gymnasium are available for the assistant and his/her dependants.
- Ten percent discount on cash purchases at the Ball State Bookstore.
- Ability to borrow from and save at the Ball State Credit Union.
- Ability to register with the Ball State Career Center. Spouses may also seek assistance from the Career Center in locating employment.
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