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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.

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).

Application Process

An application for a graduate assistantship must be filed with the Office of Graduate Studies and will be held on file for one year. Please resubmit an application for each year you wish to obtain an assistantship.

The deadline to apply for an assistantship for the 2021-2022 academic year is April 15, 2021.

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. 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.

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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


Office of Graduate Studies
Green Hall, Room 202
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628