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Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate teaching assistantships may be available to graduate students through graduate departments. Usual appointments are for one-half-time service. Graduate students should apply directly to the department for GTA appointments.

Graduate teaching assistantships in Lawrence are governed by a memorandum of agreement among KU, the Kansas Board of Regents, and the Kansas Association of Public Employees, which represents KU GTAs in Lawrence. The memorandum of agreement, with additional information on tuition and fee payment, appointments, wages, benefits, and other topics of interest to GTAs, is available on the Graduate Studies website.

Graduate teaching assistantships on the Medical Center campus are administered by the KUMC Office of Graduate Studies. Information related to GTA appointments is available on the KUMC Graduate Studies website.

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GTA Tuition Benefit

Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

KU pays the tuition and 3 hours of campus fees of graduate students who receive appointments as graduate teaching assistants. The percentage paid by KU depends on the level of appointment.

40% or more appointment 100% of tuition 100% of 3 hours of campus fees
30% but less than 40% appointment 75% of tuition 75% of 3 hours of campus fees
20% but less than 30% appointment 50% of tuition 50% of 3 hours of campus fees
10% but less than 20% appointment 25% of tuition 25% of 3 hours of campus fees

Where applicable, staff (resident) rates are assessed before tuition is paid. Only graduate students involved in direct classroom or laboratory instruction are eligible for appointments as graduate teaching assistants and for the tuition payment program. Eligibility is limited to the term during which students have instructional appointments. The tuition payment program covers only tuition, including any differential tuition assessed, and 3 hours of campus fees. It is not applicable to the remaining hours of campus fees; KU Edwards Campus construction fee, union fee, and required fees; mediated and Continuing Education course fees; optional fees; housing costs; or other specialized fees.

Further information about tuition and fees is available from the Office of the University Registrar.

Medical Center Campus

KUMC pays the tuition of graduate students who receive appointments as graduate teaching assistants. The percentage paid depends on the level of appointment.

40% or more appointment 100% of tuition
30% but less than 40% appointment 75% of tuition
20% but less than 30% appointment 50% of tuition
10% but less than 20% appointment 25% of tuition

Where applicable, staff (resident) rates are assessed before tuition is paid. Eligibility is limited to the term during which students holds a GTA appointment. The tuition payment program covers only tuition, including any differential tuition assessed. It is not applicable for campus fees, KU Edwards Campus construction fee, union fee, and required fees; mediated and Continuing Education course fees; optional fees; housing costs; or other specialized fees.

Further information about tuition and fees is available from the KU Medical Center Office of the Registrar.

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GTAs Who Are Non-Native Speakers of English

All applicants for graduate teaching assistantships whose first language is not English, including international students and U.S. residents or citizens, must submit a score on the Test of Spoken English, administered by the Educational Testing Service at Test of English as a Foreign Language centers in the United States or abroad; a score on the TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT), or a score on the SPEAK administered by the Applied English Center for Lawrence and Edwards campuses GTAs or by the Office of International Programs on the Medical Center campus. The minimum TSE or SPEAK score necessary for an offer of an assistantship is 50 points. The minimum score for the spoken English portion of the TOEFL iBT is 24; the minimum IELTS score is 8. Applicants who do not attain that score are not eligible for GTA positions but may enroll in an English course for international graduate teaching assistants offered by the Applied English Center on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Upon attaining a minimum score of 50 on the SPEAK, a student may reapply for an assistantship. This regulation applies to all students who are not native speakers of English, regardless of country of origin, previous teaching experience, or department in which the position is sought.

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Graduate Research Assistantships

Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

Graduate research assistantships may be available to graduate students. For further information, the applicant should write directly to the chair or graduate adviser of the major department.

Additional information on tuition, appointments, wages, benefits, and other topics of interest to GRAs, is available on the Graduate Studies website.

Medical Center Campus

Graduate research assistantships on the Medical Center campus are administered by the KUMC Office of Graduate Studies. Information related to GRA appointments is available on the KUMC Graduate Studies website.

A graduate student who has a research assistantship appointment of at least 40 percent time is eligible for resident tuition rates.

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Health Insurance for GTA and GRAs

A graduate student who has a GTA, GRA, or combination appointment at the half-time level for a semester is eligible to participate in a health care benefits plan, for which KU provides a contribution. The health care benefits plan is available to all students, regardless of employment status, but students who do not meet the eligibility criteria described above are responsible for the full cost of the plan. For Lawrence based GTA/GRAs, information about the GTA/GRA health care benefits plans, costs, and KU contributions is available from the Office of Staff Benefits, Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, 785-864-4946. Information about the general student health plan is available from Watkins Memorial Health Center.

For medical center based GTA and GRAs, the health insurance information is available from KUMC Student Health Services.

 

This catalog is not itself a source of policy and does not create a contract between the University of Kansas and its students. University policy is the binding agent in the event an inconsistency is noted between the catalog and official University policy. Whenever possible the catalog provides links to the policies referenced.

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