What is a GA?
A Graduate Assistant is an employee of the university, hired by a department or unit. A graduate assistantship provides financial assistance to degree-seeking graduate students through a mentored university employment experience. Under this program, you will participate in work obligations and educational and developmental activities, all of which are integrated into helping you succeed at your degree.
Your specific GA title reflects your majority duties. It will be one of these three titles:
- Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)
- Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
- Graduate Service Assistant (GSA)
It is important to know what type of GA you are, as this will relate to how you are paid and possible tax implications. Please see additional information in the Compensation section.