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(5) Eligibility for Graduate Assistantships

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be accepted into their graduate degree program.
  • Students must be accepted as “regular” degree candidates in an approved graduate degree program.
  • Students must be enrolled for 6 to 12 credit hours prior to accepting an assistantship*. (*As per the Graduate Catalogue, credit hour eligibility for assistantships will depend on the type of assistantship and the nature of the compensation as determined by the Dean of Graduate Studies. If students are enrolled for 9 or fewer credit hours, they must have permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies and their Graduate Program Coordinator.)
  • Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Students must receive approval by the school or department, dean of the college or school, and the Office of Graduate Studies prior to being awarded a graduate assistantship.
  • The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has implemented a system-wide health insurance policy requirement that mandates all students in graduate-level programs carry approved health insurance for the entire duration of their academic program if they: receive a Full Tuition Waiver as part of their graduate assistantship award; are enrolled in programs that require proof of health insurance; receive fellowships that fully fund their tuition.