Minimal EligibilityTo be eligible for an assistantship, students must be admitted to a degree-granting program and be in good academic standing. The student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and must be continuously enrolled in at least 6 graduate level credits (600-700) throughout the duration of the assistantship (upon approval of the Graduate Dean, English Bridge Course credits may be used to help satisfy the enrollment requirements.) A student enrolled in a prescribed program is ineligible for a teaching or research assistantship. These positions are offered through various departments and are paid by grants or state funds. Students interested in these positions must contact the department for specific requirements.
To be considered full-time for financial aid purposes, all graduate students, including those on assistantships, must be enrolled in nine (9) graduate credits, to be considered part-time for financial aid reporting purposes you must be enrolled in five (5) graduate credits. For those graduate students who are required to take Intensive English Language Center Bridge Courses, these courses can be considered part of full registration upon approval by the Dean of the Graduate School but these courses will not count for Federal Financial Aid purposes.
Additional EmploymentWhile the Graduate School cannot monitor outside or additional employment for students on assistantships, such additional work is discouraged as it may impede academic success and timely progress towards degree completion. In some departments, acceptance of an assistantship is contingent upon agreeing to limited additional employment.
ApprovalThe Graduate School is responsible for approval of graduate assistantships after a department has requested the initiation of a contract. All positions are contingent upon available funding.
Payment & BenefitsAny Graduate Assistantship (either RA/TA) must be provided:
- at least the minimum monthly salary approved by the University of Nevada, Reno
- the approved fringe rate to cover the cost of providing insurance
- a Grant-in-aid/Fee Wavier to cover tuition/per credit fee costs
- For information about health insurance visit Wells Fargo.
- An exception to the grant-in-aid/fee waiver is allowed for those graduate assistantships associated with Grants where tuition costs are disallowed. In those cases, the terms of employment must clearly indicate by the checked box: This contract does not include a grant-in-aid to cover tuition/fees.
- Three (3) years for master's degree students;
- Five (5) years for doctoral degree students
International StudentsInternational students serving as Teaching Assistants must meet minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. TOEFL and Test of Spoken English (TSE) minimum scores are below:
|Requirement Part A - Test||Score||Requirement Part B - Test||Score|
|TOEFL paper version||550 or better||Speak Test or Test of Spoken English (TSE)||50 or better|
|TOEFL computer version||213 or better||Speak Test or Test of Spoken English (TSE)||50 or better|
|TOEFL Internet-based version (iBT)||79/80 or better||TOEFL internet based – speaking section OR Speak Test or Test of Spoken English (TSE)||24 or better/50 or better|
|International Language Testing System (IELTS)||7 or better||Speak Test or Test of Spoken English (TSE)||50 or better|
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