Graduate staff positions are a form of financial aid to support graduate study. Employment is incidental to graduate study. Graduate students who are employed by the University provide services (teaching, research, administrative) that further the missions of the University while providing students with valuable professional experience and financial remuneration in the form of tuition remission and a modest salary. These students are considered employees and are subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the Graduate Staff Employment Manual.
Graduate staff members at PNW may work as teaching assistants, research assistants or as general administrative help (Graduate Administrative Professional). Graduate staff positions are very competitive since there are far more applicants than positions available.
- Be enrolled as a graduate student in a degree-seeking or teacher license program and be registered for at least three credit hours of graduate level (50000 or above) course and/or research work during the entire appointment period.
- The appointment must be in effect during the first six weeks of a semester or July 1 of the summer session. If an appointment terminates within the first six weeks after the start of a semester or before July 1 during the summer session and the coursework is continued, all fees will be assessed for the semester or summer session.
- Students enrolled in the summer are eligible for the summer fee remission if they held a graduate staff position in the prior spring semester and will also be appointed to a graduate staff position in the following fall semester. A student who held a graduate staff position in the spring semester but will not hold one in the fall semester because he or she will graduate during the summer may be granted a remission for the summer session.
- Graduate staff positions are available on a quarter-time and half-time basis. Three-quarter time and full time positions or students with multiple positions totaling three-quarter or full time will not be allowed without prior approval of the Provost. It is the hiring department’s responsibility to verify the that student does not hold appointments will total over half-time.
- Health insurance benefits are not available to graduate staff employees.
- To obtain a graduate staff position inquire within your department or The Career Center. Students may also find graduate staff positions around the university through Handshake. Hourly student positions may also be available. Please check with your admitting program for its policy on graduate staff positions.
- Graduate students who are appointed as graduate staff for the 2018/2019 academic year are granted a tuition remission in addition to the pay received for the hours worked. The tuition remission leaves the student to pay $819.30 per semester ($409.65 for summer 2019) plus lab fees, differential fees, special course fees and workshop fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change every academic year.
- A fee remission form must be submitted each semester a student holds a graduate staff position. The student must complete the fee remission form and submit it to the employing department for the proper signature.
- Signed fee remission forms should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office (Lawshe 242) no later than two (2) weeks after position appointment.
- The Graduate Staff Fee Remission Form is available through the Bursar’s Office.
For additional questions regarding Graduate Staff Remission Policy, please refer to the Graduate Staff Employment Manual.