The colleges, graduate programs, administrative offices, and research centers appoint graduate students as teaching (TA), research (RA), or graduate assistants (GA).
Work Schedule: The weekly clock hours of service required of assistants are twenty for a half-time appointment and the proportional fraction of time for other appointments.
Stipend: Minimum stipend amounts are established through collective bargaining although many departments offer higher than the minimum. See also Salary for Graduate Assistantships (includes eligibility criteria for the appointment to be qualified for a waiver of tuition certain fess) for the current year. Specifications for upcoming years may be viewed in the contract - see the link in the Teaching (TA) and Graduate (GA) Assistantship Labor Agreement section below. Even though Research Assistantship (RA) appointments are not under the contract, the minimum stipend applies to those positions as well.
Waivers: Tuition and the service fee are waived for assistants if the appointment is between 25 and 67 percent for at least three-quarters of the term (91 calendar days in fall or spring semester, 41 calendar days during the summer session - see criteria). The waiver does not cover any tuition differential that may be assessed, except for students registered in the following programs - Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Physics, and Psychology. See the tuition schedule for information on specific tuition rates.
Graduate students who hold academic appointments as assistants for the spring semester and for whom tuition and service fees were waived in the spring are entitled to a waiver for the summer term immediately following if they do not hold a summer assistantship, provided they are registered for at least three hours during that summer term. Graduate students holding a summer assistantship must satisfy eligibiliy requirements for a waiver as described in the previous paragraph.
Registration Requirements: At least eight (8) hours each semester. Registration in summer is not required to hold an assistantship. Some programs may require registration for more than eight hours per term and/or summer registration. Although the Graduate College does not require summer registration to hold a summer assistantship, a minimum of three hours registration is required to receive a summer tuition and (selected) fee waiver.
International Students may have additional registration requirements. Generally:
Summer registration is not required (see above). International students should confer with the Office of International Services for additional information.
Dental and Vision Insurance: Dental and vision benefits are provided by the University for all assistantship recipients with at least a 25% appointment. See the Grad Assistant Dental and Vision Benefits page on the UIC HR website for full details about eligibility and enrollment in these plans.
Teaching (TA) and Graduate (GA) Assistantship Labor Agreement: Effective August 16, 2006, Teaching and Graduate Assistants at UIC have entered into an agreement by and between the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO). Administration of the agreement is handled by Office of Human Resources.
Assistantships and Student Loans: An assistantship plus any loan or federal work-study eligibility cannot exceed the cost of attendance for the academic year. If applying for loans and/or work-study a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed. See the Graduate Student Guide from the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.