Graduate Appointments FAQ

How do I apply for a graduate assistantship, research assistantship, or teaching assistantship?

On the online application, you will be able to indicate which positions you are interested in. The Graduate College will forward your application to the academic department, which makes decisions regarding graduate assistantship assignments. The program may have further requirements, such as an interview.

I have been offered admission and financial support, but I am not sure I am ready to accept. Is there a deadline?

Ohio University is a signatory to the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants, which states that students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15. However, you are encouraged to notify your academic department of your decision at the earliest possible date and no later than April 15. If you do not accept this offer by April 15, then this offer may be withdrawn. You may not be eligible for assistantship consideration in the future.

If I am not offered an assistantship at the time of admission, how do I find one?

Student employment opportunities may be available on the Ohio University Job Site.

In addition, periodically check back with your academic program to see if additional funding has become available.

Which forms should I complete for employment at Ohio University?

Graduate students receiving an appointment that includes a stipend for work (TA, RA, GA, RD, or GRS) for the first time must complete the appropriate employment forms. Refer to your appointment letter for instructions on how to complete all necessary paperwork.

If I change positions as a graduate student at Ohio University (example: GA to TA), do I need to fill out any of the forms for Human Resources again?

No. If you have been paid by Ohio University within the last 12 months, you will not be required to complete the Form I-9 and paperwork packet again.

What are the class registration requirements to maintain my graduate appointment?

Appointment Type

Fall/Spring Registration Requirements (per term)

Summer Registration Requirements

TA/RA/GA/RD stipend with tuition scholarship (full appointment) 12 9
Fellowship with a tuition scholarship 15 9
TA/RA/GA/RD stipend with tuition scholarship (half appointment) 12 9
GRS (Available Fall and Spring Terms Only) 12 N/A
Stipend only 1 1
Tuition Scholarship only 15 9
Fellowship only 1 1

Only courses numbered 5000 or above will count towards your registration requirements for your graduate appointment. Credit hours taken for Audit, Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) courses, and undergraduate courses cannot be used to meet the minimum graduate hour requirements.

How many hours do I need to work for my graduate appointment?
Appointment Type Work Hours
TA/RA/GA/RD stipend with tuition scholarship (full appointment) 15 to 20
Fellowship with a tuition scholarship 0
TA/RA/GA/RD stipend with tuition scholarship (half appointment) 8 to 10
GRS (Available for Fall and Spring Terms only) 5
Stipend only 1 to 20
Tuition Scholarship only 0
Fellowship only 0

Please refer to your appointment letter for the specific amount of work hours per week required.

If I have a graduate appointment, can I get another job?

Maximum hours of total employment are 20 hours per week, on- or off-campus. Graduate appointment recipients may not accept other full-time employment, either within or outside of the University. Graduate students cannot have two full-time graduate appointments.

Note: International students can only work on campus.

When will I receive my stipend payments/fellowship disbursements?
Semester Stipend Payment Date Fellowship Disbursement Date
Fall September 15 & 30 September 15
  October 15 & 31  
  November 15 & 30  
  December 15 & 31  
Spring January 31 January 31
  February 15 & 28 (29, if applicable)  
  March 15 & 31  
  April 15 & 30  
  May 15  
Summer May 31 & June 15 May 31
  June 30 & July 15  
  July 31 & August 15  


How do I view my pay slip, W-2, and tax statements?

They can be viewed online at Your OHIO ID and password are required for login. Click on My Personal Information.

What are the dates of employment for my graduate appointment?

Ohio University Policy 41.004 indicates:

Workdays for graduate assistants will be counted on a five day per week basis (Monday through Friday) for each academic semester worked, or in the absence of a specific academic semester, based on the dates of employment indicated on the appointment form. Holidays and breaks* are included as workdays. The following provisions apply as indicated:

  1. For teaching graduate assistants, an academic semester begins on the first day of classes and ends on the date grades are due.
  2. For non-teaching graduate assistants, a semester begins on the first day of classes and ends on the last day of finals unless otherwise specified by the department.
  3. For those employed in the area of residence life, such as resident directors, assistant resident directors, etc., workdays will be determined based on the special terms and conditions as set forth by the associate director of residential housing.

*Note: The Graduate College would like to clarify that this includes spring break, but excludes winter break.

Is there a limit to the number of terms I can be funded?

A graduate-level student with an awarded graduate-level degree from another institution can receive no more than 10 semesters of tuition scholarship from any department or combination of departments.

A graduate-level student without an awarded graduate degree from another institution or one who has earned a graduate degree from Ohio University can receive no more than 12 semesters of tuition scholarship from any department or combination of departments.

Students who have reached the maximum number of semesters of tuition scholarship are no longer eligible to receive a tuition scholarship from any Ohio University program or department. Students can continue to receive a stipend without a tuition scholarship.

Notes: Colleges and programs may have more restrictive limitations than the university policy. The counting of semesters of eligibility does NOT include summer semesters. Any student who receives any tuition support from OHIO University will be considered to have received a tuition scholarship.