Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs)

Full-time PhD students receiving a stipend from an extramural source to perform research may be appointed as Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs). GRAs may be eligible to receive a tuition scholarship depending on the size of the stipend received relative to the current amount of a teaching stipend.

Tuition scholarships are awarded as follows:

  • You are not eligible to receive a tuition scholarship if you receive less than one-third of the amount of a normal teaching stipend during a semester.
  • If you receive at least one-third, but less than two-thirds, of the amount of a normal teaching stipend during a semester, then you are eligible to receive one-half of a tuition scholarship (4.5 credits).
  • If you receive two-thirds or more of the amount of a normal teaching stipend during a semester, then you are eligible for a full tuition scholarship (9 credits).

The tuition scholarship covers up to 9 credits per semester of courses directly related to the GRA’s PhD program. GRAs are financially responsible for the tuition for any courses that exceed the 9 credit maximum each semester or that are not directly related to their PhD program. For more information about GRA positions please contact your research advisor or program director.