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A graduate assistantship is an appointment that offers opportunities for students to engage in research, teaching, and other projects during their graduate study. Both half- and full-stipend assistantships are available. Half-stipend assistantships require students to perform assistantship assignments for a minimum of 10 hours per week during the period of the assignment. Full-stipend assistantships require students to perform assistantship assignments for a minimum of 20 hours per week during the period of the assignment.
You must be accepted as a graduate student in a degree program and be enrolled full-time to qualify for a graduate assistantship.
You should contact your Graduate Program Director for application guidelines.
Graduate assistantships pay through UCF Human Resources according to the biweekly pay schedule. If you have questions about your assistantship payments, speak with your hiring department.
The level of tuition remission will be commensurate with the level of your assistantship appointment. If you have a half-time appointment (10 hours per week), you are eligible for tuition remission of one-half of the resident (in-state) tuition. If you have a full-time appointment (20 hours per week), you are eligible to receive full resident (in-state) tuition remission. Tuition remission does not include local fees (building fee, financial aid fee, activity and service fee, athletic fee, etc.); however, some hiring departments do cover all or part of these local fees.
If you are receiving a university fellowship that is accompanied by a tuition waiver or you are a graduate assistant with a single appointment of at least 20 hours per week (0.5 FTE) or two appointments of at least 10 hours per week each (0.25 FTE each), you qualify for health insurance coverage paid for by the College of Graduate Studies.
The College of Graduate Studies will provide health insurance coverage for all university fellows and graduate assistants with appointments totaling 20 hours per week. Health insurance coverage is part of the student's financial package.
Once the College of Graduate Studies verifies that you qualify for paid health insurance coverage we will send notice to the UCF Health Center of your health insurance coverage and request adjustment of the health insurance hold. Please do not contact the UCF Health Center directly to remove your health insurance hold. Also, the adjustment of your health insurance hold is not immediate; it may take a couple of days, depending on when the request is received. Please contact email@example.com
or Jennifer Parham (407) 823-4337 if you need assistance.
You may receive health insurance paid by the College of Graduate Studies at the beginning of the academic year (fall) or at the beginning of the term in which you first enroll in UCF for that academic year. If you are a newly appointed graduate assistant or university fellow, you can receive paid health insurance at the beginning of the term in which your graduate assistantship or fellowship begins.
Please note that the College of Graduate Studies enrolls qualifying assistantship and fellowship students in health insurance based on whether students accept or decline this coverage on the Health Insurance Form in their myUCF Student Center. If you qualify to receive paid health insurance, the College of Graduate Studies will send an e-mail to your Knights account to inform you and provide instructions on how to accept or decline this coverage.
Students will receive the UCF Student Health Insurance Plan, underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company and serviced by Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk. The details of the plan are available at the Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk website (https://www.gallagherstudent.com/floridausystem/
Students with qualifying assistantships and fellowships in the fall term will receive fall coverage, running from August 15 to December 31.
Students with qualifying assistantships and fellowships in the spring term will receive spring and summer coverage, running from January 1 to August 14.
Students with qualifying assistantships and fellowships in the summer term only will receive summer coverage, running from May 1 to August 14.
Note: Students must be enrolled for the first 31 days of the semester in which health insurance is paid for in order to retain their coverage.
No, the UCF Student Health Plan, underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company and serviced by Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk is not COBRA-eligible as it is based on student eligibility (that is, class enrollment), not job eligibility.
All qualifying assistantship and fellowship students must accept or decline health insurance coverage by completing the Health Insurance Form in their myUCF Student Center. The College of Graduate Studies will contact you via e-mail with instructions for completing this form.
In order to change your health insurance decision, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jennifer Parham at (407) 823-4337 for instructions. If the health insurance enrollment period is still open, then the College of Graduate Studies will be able to change your decision right away. If the health insurance enrollment period is closed, then the change would be in effect for the next semester. For example, a decision change received by the College of Graduate Studies on September 15 could be changed for fall semester, but a decision change received by the College on October 1 would be changed effective with spring semester.
No, the College of Graduate Studies will send notice to Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk to enroll you in paid UnitedHealthcare health insurance coverage once we have received your completed Health Insurance Form (submitted through your myUCF Student Center) and have verified your qualifying assistantship or fellowship.
After you have received notice in your Knights e-mail that the College of Graduate Studies has approved your Health Insurance Form, it takes up to 10 business days before your health insurance enrollment is fully processed. You can then go to the Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk website (https://www.gallagherstudent.com/floridausystem/
) and create an account and print your health insurance ID card. Questions regarding the status of your health insurance enrollment can be sent to email@example.com
or Jennifer Parham at (407) 823-4337.
Once your health insurance enrollment has been fully processed by the College of Graduate Studies and Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, you can go to the Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk website (https://www.gallagherstudent.com/floridausystem/
) to create an account, review the health insurance plan, and print your health insurance ID card.
Yes, you can add dependent coverage after you have been enrolled in the UCF Student Health Plan by the College of Graduate Studies. Go to the Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk website (https://www.gallagherstudent.com/students/student-home.php?idField=1183
) and follow the instructions there to complete the Dependent Enroll section. You will need to pay for your dependents' coverage yourself.
Yes, if you have a qualifying spring assistantship or fellowship, you will receive spring and summer health insurance coverage from January 1 through August 14. You do not have to be enrolled in summer semester courses or have a summer assistantship to receive the summer health insurance coverage.
Yes, students with the UCF Student Health Insurance Plan, underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company and serviced by Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, may use the UCF Health Center.
Yes, you can use the UCF Health Center in the summer but will be required to pay an additional off-semester fee to the Health Center.
No, you are ineligible to enroll in the UCF Health Insurance Plan, underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company and serviced by Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, because you are not a currently enrolled student at UCF.
The Graduate Presentation Fellowship application is available in your myUCF Student Center. Once you log into myUCF, click on Student Self Service and then Student Center. In the Student Center, scroll down to the Graduate Students section. Select the Presentation Fellowship Application (currently names "Travel Fellowship Application") from the “choose Graduate Form” drop-down menu.
Once they are reviewed and approved by the College of Graduate Studies, Presentation Fellowships are disbursed through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the Graduate College. Fellowship payment will first be applied to your account balance. Remaining funds will be disbursed to you either as a check mailed to the current mailing address of record or as a direct deposit into your account, if you have provided the bank information in myUCF
Only one Graduate Presentation Fellowship application per student may be funded for a 12-month period (fiscal year July 1-June 30).
You must be an enrolled graduate student in good academic standing who is delivering a research presentation or comparable creative activity at a professional meeting. You must also be the primary student author and presenter. To maintain the award, you must complete the Graduate Presentation Fellowship Report upon your return and provide proof of conference attendance.
Yes, the Student Government Association also funds individual student and group travel requests. See http://www.ucfsga.com
or contact the Student Outreach Services office in the Student Union, room 208, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
GTAs and university fellows receive tuition remission in the form of tuition waivers, while GRAs and GAs receive tuition remission in the form of tuition payments from their employing units. If you have a GRA and GTA assistantship, you may receive waivers for the GTA portion of your assignment and a payment for the GRA portion of your assignment.
Tuition waivers will show as credit on your term bill starting about two weeks before the first day of classes, based on approved assistantship and enrollment. Tuition payments will show as credit on your term bill after add/drop closes, starting the first business day after add/drop closes.
Log into myUCF
and click on Student Self Service. From there, click on Student Center and scroll down to the Finances section. Click on "Fee Invoice" to view your term bill. Tuition remission details will appear in the Payments, Waivers, Third Party, Aid section of your fee invoice.