Paying for College

Graduate Assistantships

Gain practical experience in your field of study.

Graduate assistantships take a variety of forms:

  • Teaching assistantship
  • Research assistantship
  • Administrative assistantship

Graduate assistants provide a support role for the school, division, or department while completing their post-graduate education.

Assistants work closely with faculty to conduct research, present findings at conferences, or teach courses related to their field of study. Graduate assistants often receive a stipend that offsets some or all of their tuition in exchange for their work.

The availability and work description of assistantships vary from program to program. Contact your school, division, or department to get more information. Assistantships are very competitive, so inquire early.

Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties. More information regarding this is located on the Council of Graduate Schools website.

Graduate Assistantships begin the week before classes start in both the fall and spring semesters. They continue through finals week. The Assistantship appointments requires either .25 FTE (10 hours per week) or .50 FTE (20 hours per week) and is outlined in the official offer letter and is recognized by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Another employment opportunity at Purdue Fort Wayne is as a Graduate Student Worker. These positions receive an hourly rate of pay and do not receive tuition remission. The Graduate Student Worker position may have different hourly and weekly assignments and employment as a Graduate Student Worker does not officially reported to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Positions for both Graduate Assistantships and Graduate Student Workers may be posted on the Purdue Fort Wayne Career Services Handshake site. Departments also identify students for the positions that may not be posted on the Handshake site.

The amount of money paid by the Graduate Assistants changes with each academic year budget. For 2017-2018, Graduate Assistants pay a flat amount of $808.00 per semester and $35.35 per credit hour.

Purdue Fort Wayne Graduate Staff Appointments and Minimum Salaries