Graduate Assistantships

VSU’s graduate assistantships are designed to promote the research, teaching, and service responsibilities of the University and to provide graduate students with valuable professional development opportunities while earning a graduate degree.  Therefore, the Graduate Assistants have the dual responsibility of maintaining satisfactory academic performance and successfully performing the assigned teaching, research, or other service responsibilities.

THE BENEFIT OF ASSISTANTSHIPS - tuition is reduced in the following manner for both in-state and out-of-state students:

  • Academic Year: GA's receive a stipend and tuition waiver for up to 15 credit hours. Any additional credits taken will be charged to the GA at the in-state rate.
  • SUMMER: GA's receive a stipend and tuition waiver for up to 9 credit hours (semester I, II, III, IV). Any additional credits taken will be charged to the GA at the in-state rate.

GA's are responsible for paying the first $38 of tuition and all other fees (i.e. athletic, activity, transportation, health clinic, health insurance premiums, etc.). GA's are also responsible for their own living expenses and books.

**Please direct all assistantship inquiries to Nicholas Sage Harris (**

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be accepted into a degree-granting masters, specialist, or doctoral program as a Regular Admission student. Students admitted on Probationary status may be eligible in limited cases, e.g. International students. Students admitted to a certificate program are not eligible
  2. Must be lawfully present, be eligible to work in the United States, and pass all relevant background checks.
  3. Must be enrolled in at least 6 Graduate coursework hours per semester.
  4. Must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (granted 1 semester probation if GPA falls below the 3.0 minimum)
  5. Must make substantial progress toward degree completion by successfully completing 12 credits per year (6 credits per semester including summer if working as a GA during the summer). Graduate School funding will end upon the completion of 24 hours of thesis work or 4 years from the date of first hire, whichever comes first.
  6. Graduate Assistants who are Instructors of Record for content area courses must have earned a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the discipline to be taught.
  7. Graduate Assistants who are Instructors of Record for 1-hour lab, activity, or other applied courses and have fewer than 18 semester hours of graduate work in the discipline to be taught, must attend training for Graduate Assistant Instructors of Record and be supervised by an experienced, full-time faculty member. The Department assigning Graduate Assistants as Instructors of Record with fewer than 18 hours of graduate work in the discipline to be taught must complete the Justification and Documentation for Exception to SACSCOC Faculty Credentials Guidelines form at: and submit it to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness prior to the start of the semester.
  8. All graduate assistants must have planned and periodic evaluations performed by their faculty supervisor and/or department head.
  9. Prospective Graduate Assistants enrolled in the Georgia WebMBA® program are ineligible for a tuition waiver. While they may still hold an assistantship, Valdosta State University is unable to waive tuition to the Georgia WebMBA® program.

NOTE: Graduate Assistants are ineligible to hold a second GA position or any other position within the USG due to being restricted to one pay designation.


Graduate Assistant Responsibilities

  • Pay mandatory fees plus $38.00 of tuition by the established fee payment deadline each term.
  • Provide proof of active health insurance coverage.
  • Attend GA Orientation.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory work performance. The supervisor will evaluate work performance at the end of the GA contractual period.
  • Report all hours worked even if exceeding the 14 hours or 19 hours per week basis. Graduate Assistants may not exceed a total of 1,300 hours worked in a 12-month consecutive period. If the GA works beyond the 1,300 hours, s/he must sit out for the remainder of that calendar year.
  • Unless otherwise noted in the GA contract, GAs work 16 weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters. The expectation is that GAs works 224 hours for a 14-hour per week and 304 hours for a 19-hour per week position during the course of the semester. If the GA position requires training, orientation, or other duties prior to the start of the semester, the GA would coordinate with their supervisor to flex their time during the course of the semester.
  • Complete Compliance Training each year employed as a Graduate Assistant.
  • Complete evaluation of the GA position/experience at the conclusion of the contractual term.
  • A Graduate Assistant wishing to resign prior to the end of the contact must submit a letter of resignation to their faculty supervisor and copy the Graduate Student Services Specialist in the Graduate School.
  • Graduate Assistants who do not meet academic or performance standards may be terminated.
  • Upon resignation or termination, the Graduate Assistant’s stipend will cease and s/he may be required to reimburse the University for tuition prorated based on the length of time remaining in the semester.
  • Should a Graduate Assistant have an emergency that requires them to withdraw from all classes for the term i.e. hardship withdrawal, the stipend payments will cease but reimbursement of tuition will not be required. The GA should request the Dean of Students to send notice of such emergency to the Graduate Student Services Specialist in the Graduate School.
  • For more information, see the Graduate Assistant Handbook.