- Graduate assistants receive a minimum stipend for a regular (20 hours per week) assistantship of $12,400 for 9 months ($6,200 per semester) and for a partial (10 hours per week) assistantship of $6,200 for 9 months ($3,100 per semester). Minimum stipends for summer assistanships is addressed in the section on Summer Term Assistantships. Stipends are paid twice monthly and are subject to income tax withholding. Graduate assistants are exempt from Social Security and Medicare taxes in the fall and spring terms, and when enrolled for at least 3 hours in the summer term.
receive a waiver
of University tuition. Regular graduate
assistants have full-time University tuition (9 credits or more) waived;
partial graduate assistants have 5 credits of University tuition waived.
Partial graduate assistants may also receive merit waiver hours from their
units approve summer University tuition waivers for students who were
regular (not partial) graduate assistants in both fall and
spring. This information should be included in the assistantship contract or letter of appointment.
Payment of College
tuition and University fees is the student’s responsibility, unless
a college tuition scholarship is provided by the hiring unit or
All students are
enrolled in the WVU-sponsored student health insurance plan, if
they do not waive out of the plan. Plan premiums for regular graduate
assistants will be paid in full by the University and half the plan
premium for partial graduate students will be paid by the University. For
more information, contact the Student Insurance Office.
Any other benefits or
exceptions to the above benefits must be included in the assistantship contract or letter of appointment.