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receive a minimum stipend for a regular (20 hours per week)
assistantship of $13,500 for 9 months ($6,750 per semester) and for a
partial (10 hours per week) assistantship of $6,750 for 9 months
($3,375 per semester). Minimum stipends for summer assistantships are addressed in the section on Summer Term Assistantships. Stipends are payable
in equal biweekly installments aligned with the University’s payroll schedule. Stipends 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
Students who serve as regular (not partial) graduate assistants in both fall and
spring are eligible to receive a tuition waiver in the following summer even if they are not a graduate assistant in the summer, with the approval of their school or college. Some schools, colleges, or programs that accept waivers during the fall and spring may not do so in the summer, so students interested in summer waivers must check to determine if they can receive them.
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 graduate assistants are
automatically enrolled in the WVU-sponsored student health insurance plan, if
they do not waive 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 letter of appointment.
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