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Graduate Assistantships

The main purpose of a graduate assistantship is to further the professional and/or academic development of the graduate student. While the graduate assistant’s duties may involve some clerical work, the assistantship is expected to serve as a meaningful learning experience. The graduate assistant’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, support of teaching, research, administration, and other professional activities. Efforts will be made to place students in areas related to their own studies.

Application Process

An application for a graduate assistantship must be filed with the Office of Graduate and Advancing Education and will be held on file for one year. Please resubmit an application for each year you wish to obtain an assistantship. The application will be available in January and will be due in April of each year.

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships available; therefore, selection of graduate assistantships is competitive. The selection of graduate assistants is made by the respective departments offering assistantships.


Graduate assistantships are expected to serve as meaningful learning experiences while also supporting TCNJ’s educational mission. They require 15 hours of work per week during each of the fall and spring semesters while the college is in session.


Graduate Assistants will be awarded a tuition waiver of $10,000.00 per academic year ($5,000 per semester for fall and spring only).


Only those full-time (minimum 9 credits/semester), matriculated graduate students in good academic standing with a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection as a Graduate Assistant. A graduate student may be hired on an annual basis as a Graduate Assistant for a maximum of two years.

An international student may apply for an assistantship, provided he or she shows that the cost of education can be supported without relying on tuition waivers.

*Subject to change

Apply for a Graduate Assistantship

The deadline to apply for an assistantship for the 2017-2018 academic year is April 15, 2017.

The review process begins on May 1st of each year. Supervisors are responsible for contacting those applicants they wish to interview. The selection period is scheduled to run through the months of May and June, but can extend beyond that time. Contracts cannot be issued until July.