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Graduate Assistant Program

 

The purpose of Franklin Pierce University’s Graduate Assistant (GA) program is to provide you with professional work experience that complements your graduate instruction while contributing financial assistance to your graduate studies.

Program Overview and Eligibility

Graduate Assistantships are created and approved on an annual basis and in accordance with FPU’s fiscal year, June 1 through May 31. If you are selected for a GA role your stipend will be awarded for the fiscal year and paid to you monthly in accordance with FPU’s payroll practices.
The maximum number of years a graduate student can be in the program are:
     Two years for a Master’s Degree candidate
     Four years for a Doctoral Degree candidate


You must remain in academic good standing throughout the GA program, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher per term. Please refer to the Academic Catalogue for further information. Any requests for exceptions to this policy will be reviewed by either the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies or the Dean of the College of Business.
 

The Academic Standards Committee reviews graduate student progress each term. Any issues impacting your ability to retain your tuition support or continue your work, will be discussed with you and Human Resources.
If you are eligible for a two year GA position, your reappointment will depend upon satisfactory performance and progress toward your degree, as well as the operational/financial requirements of any department.
If for any reason you need a leave of absence during your graduate studies, you should contact Human Resources as soon as possible.
During your Assistantship, you must comply with all University and Departmental Policies and Procedures as outlined on our Human Resources website, and in the CGPS enrollment requirements.
During your Assistantship, there are working hour requirements:
     Full GA – Can work 20 hours per week (80 hours per month)
     Half GA – Can work 10 hours per week (40 hours per month)
During the time you are enrolled in the program, you’ are not permitted to hold an additional paid job or voluntary role at the University. This is to help you focus on your studies.


How to Apply for a Graduate Assistant Position
It’s important to keep your resume up-to-date so it reflects all your academic, athletic, community and work experience each semester. You’ll need a resume to apply on line for positions.

Graduate Assistant positions are posted on the FPU Current Openings website. From time-to-time, you may network with a specific campus department or be referred by fellow colleague to a particular manager. While this networking often proves to be valuable, managers will also direct you back to the website to also apply online.

Before Starting Your Graduate Assistant Position
Once you’ve been offered a GA position and as a condition of employment, you’ll be asked to complete the new hire process, including a criminal background check, to ensure your employment status, payroll, tax and other employment-related matters are completed before your first day of work.

Tuition Waiver
Your tuition waiver will begin the Graduate Term following your date of hire.

For Master’s programs, you are eligible for a 100% tuition waiver
For Doctoral programs, you are eligible for a 50% tuition waiver

Graduate Assistants are responsible for the cost of books and fees.

Program Benefits
Meal Benefits: When you are on the Rindge Campus, you are eligible to receive the employee discount at the Dining Hall. You’ll need to show your GA ID card to receive the discount.

 

Click the link below for a printable PDF

 

Graduate Assistant Program Guide

 

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