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Assistantships

UCF has more than 1,300 graduate students who have assistantships. These appointments provide students with academic or professional development experience while at UCF that will help prepare them for their future work in research, teaching, or other activities.

Policies 

Students should refer to the Policies and Procedures for the university's requirements for assistantships, as well as graduate teaching, tuition remission, and health insurance.

Types of Assistantships

 

Type Job Code Description Tuition Remission Health Insurance
Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) 9183

Instructor of record for undergraduate courses in the specific discipline in which the student has graduate-level expertise and 18 hours of graduate course work (cannot be instructor of record for graduate courses).

Tuition waiver or payment

Eligible if student's assistantships total at least 20 hours per week

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)

9184

Teaching-related duties under the supervision of a faculty member. The student may assist a faculty member in any aspect of course instruction but cannot serve as the primary instructor of record.

Tuition waiver or payment

Eligible if student's assistantships total at least 20 hours per week

Graduate Teaching Grader (GTA)

9187

Grading papers or assisting a faculty member in the noninstructional aspects of course teaching. The student may have no direct instructional contact with students.

Tuition waiver or payment

Eligible if student's assistantships total at least 20 hours per week

Graduate Research Associate (GRA)

9181

Research or research-related duties

Tuition payment

Eligible if student's assistantships total at least 20 hours per week

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

9182

Research or research-related duties

Tuition payment

Eligible if student's assistantships total at least 20 hours per week

Graduate Assistant (GA)

9186

General educational administration duties

Tuition payment

Eligible if student's assistantships total at least 20 hours per week

 

Full vs. Half Assistantships

The standard assistantship is 20 hours per week (full, 0.5 FTE) and either for the academic year (fall and spring semesters) or calendar year (fall, spring, and summer semesters).  Assistantships for a single semester are also possible.

Assistantships that are 10 hours per week (half, 0.25 FTE) are also possible.

Only a full-time assistantship or two half-time assistantships qualify for the benefits of a complete financial package.

A single half-time assistantship only qualifies for half resident tuition remission.

GTA Training

If you are serving as a GTA (Associate 9183, Assistant 9184, or Grader 9187), you must complete UCF's GTA training. There is different training for different GTA responsibilities. 

 

 

Required GTA Training

SPEAK Test*

 

Grader
(online)

Assistant
(online)

Associate
(online)

Associate (face-to-face)

Minimum Score

  GTA Grader (9187)

YES

NO

NO

NO

Not Required

  GTA Assistant (9184)

YES

YES

NO

NO

50

  GTA Associate (9183)

YES

YES

YES

YES

55

 

*Required for nonnative speakers of English who do not have a degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction.

For more information about GTA Training, see Graduate Teaching.

Other Training Requirements

Depending on your assistantship assignment, you may need to complete university training other than that for graduate teaching. Environmental Health and Safety offers resources and training in laboratory safety, hazardous waste, biological safety/biomedical waste, radiation safety and other areas.

Your graduate program or department may also have workshops or training to help prepare students for their assistantships.

Please consult your faculty supervisor or graduate program for requirements for your assignment.

Assistantship Agreement

The assistantship agreement is an agreement between you and your hiring department to perform duties for a specified time period. When your agreement is ready for your review and signature, you will receive an e-mail message sent to your Knights account with instructions on how to sign (accept) the agreement online. You must accept your assistantship agreement prior to starting your assignment.

Before accepting your assistantship agreement, you should carefully review the following sections:

 

Assistantship  start and end date

Specifies the start and end date of your assistantship. During this time, you will be expected to perform duties related to your assignment.

Standard hours

The number of hours you will be expected to work per week. A standard assistantship is 20 hours per week.

Assistantship Category

The type of assistantship that you have been offered. Please see Types of Assistantships for a general description of the assistantship category and GTA Training to determine if you are required to complete additional training.

GTA Assignment

A GTA assignment is only assigned if you have received a GTA assistantship. This is the course prefix, course number and section for which you will perform GTA related duties.  Please see Types of Assistantships for a general description of your GTA category.

Faculty Supervisor

Your faculty supervisor is the faculty or staff member who will supervise you while you are on your assistantship.

Total Stipend

The total stipend that you will receive for the duration of your assistantship. You will receive your stipend as a biweekly paycheck through UCF Human Resources.

Resident Tuition Remission

These are the terms that you will receive resident (in-state) tuition remission paid for by the university or your hiring department.

Optional Fees

The credit amount toward optional fees (local fees), if applicable.

Conditions of Assistantship

The conditions that must be met in order to maintain your assistantship.

 

Once you have reviewed your assistantship agreement, you may accept (sign) your agreement online. Your academic program or hiring department will then continue with the hiring process. (NOTE: Health insurance acceptance is separate and is done after your assistantship is fully approved through Human Resources.)

Remember to:

  • Ask questions if you do not understand your assistantship agreement.
  • Save a copy of your assistantship agreement for your records.
  • Speak to your faculty supervisor or graduate program for the requirements of your assistantship.

Payment

Students with a full-time assistantship (20 hours per week) or two half-time assistantships (10 hours per week each) receive a full funding package with assistantship stipend, tuition remission, differential out-of-state fee if a nonresident for tuition purposes, and health insurance.

Funding for Full-time Assistantship

 

Component

Payment

Stipend

Biweekly paycheck from Human Resources

Tuition Remission

Tuition waiver or payment credit on your semester fee invoice to cover resident (in-state) tuition only

Differential Out-of-State Fee

$0.00 charge for nonresident tuition and fees on your semester fee invoice

Other fees charged by the university (e.g., building, capital improvement, financial aid, activity and service, athletic, transportation access, health, technology, materials and supplies, distance learning)

Not covered

Health Insurance Policy

The College of Graduate Studies pays Gallagher Koster directly for your UnitedHealthcare health insurance. There is no cost to you unless you wish to add other coverage (e.g., dental plan or dependents coverage).

You are required to Accept health insurance in your myUCF Student Center before the College of Graduate Studies will enroll you in health insurance. This acceptance is done after your assistantship has been fully approved through Human Resources.

 

Funding for Half-time Assistantship

 

Component

Payment

Stipend

Biweekly paycheck from Human Resources

Tuition Remission

Tuition waiver or payment credit on your semester fee invoice to cover half of resident (in-state) tuition

Differential Out-of-State Fee

Not covered

Other fees charged by the university (e.g., building, capital improvement, financial aid, activity and service, athletic, transportation access, health, technology, materials and supplies, distance learning)

Not covered

Health Insurance Policy

Not covered

 

Assistantship Hiring Process

All assistantship agreements are signed online, rather than on a paper agreement. Please see these instructions for how to login and Accept your assistantship agreement:

Instructions for Students

This how the assistantship hiring process works:

  • Your department will offer you an assistantship.
  • Once you have accepted your assistantship, your hiring department will prepare your assistantship agreement.
  • You will receive an e-mail in your Knights E-mail telling you that your assistantship agreement is ready. The e-mail will include a link to a website and instructions on how to login and Accept your agreement online. You should review your agreement carefully and save/print it for future reference, then Accept it. If you are a new employee to the university or have been off university payroll for longer than one semester or year, your hiring department may ask you to visit their office to complete additional paper documents.
  • Your department will process your assistantship agreement and all required documents in the university system. This hiring process requires full approval through the hiring workflow, including your department and college, the Office of Research and Commercialization (if required), the College of Graduate Studies, and Human Resources.
  • You should schedule a meeting with your faculty supervisor to discuss the requirements of your appointment.
  • Begin your assistantship on the agreement start date.

Please remember to consult with your hiring department or program for more information about the hiring process.

International Student Payroll Sign-In

International students receiving an assistantship must complete the payroll sign-in process at the UCF International Services Center (ISC) prior to receiving payments from the university. You will receive e-mail communications from ISC to your Knights E-mail account about this process.

myUCF Information

In the  myUCF Student Self Service, Student Center page, scroll down to Graduate Students and select the Graduate Funding page to view

  • Status of health insurance coverage paid by the College of Graduate Studies
  • GTA training requirements satisfied
  • GTA performance assessments submitted

The myUCF Employee Self Service area has a Payroll and Compensation page where you can

  • View your paycheck and compensation history
  • Get W-2 and W-4 forms information
  • Set up direct deposit for your paycheck (This is a different direct deposit from the myUCF Student Accounts direct deposit that is used for fellowship and loan disbursements.) 

 

 
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