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General Graduate Assistantships

Students receiving a General Graduate Assistantship will perform work relevant to the student's major field of study; the work should have academic value. The General Graduate Assistant's supervisor will go over the specific job description with the student. These assistantships generally involve work with research, focus groups, outreach, technology, data collection and interpretation, proctoring writing assessments and other educational aspects of the COE. These are half-time assistantships which include 19-20 hours of work per week which must total of 300 hours for a semester.

General Graduate Assistantship Requirements
To be eligible for a General Graduate Assistantship, a student must meet the following requirements:

*Be approved for regular admission to a graduate degree program. Endorsement or enrichment programs do not qualify.

*Maintain academic good standing. If a student's grade point average falls below a 3.00 (academic warning), the student will have the next semester or summer term to improve and return to good standing before termination of the assistantship. Should a student fail to return to good standing after the next semester or summer term or should a student receive academic exclusion and be dismissed from the degree program, the assistantship will be terminated at once.

Application Procedure
For students working on degrees in the college of education, applications for graduate assistantships should be directed to the Asst. Dean of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education,  Box 70.  Approval is granted by the chairperson or director of the hiring department, the student's graduate coordinator (who in the college of education is the chairperson) and assistant dean of the college of education.

Application Form (pdf)

Interview and Offer Process
Students make appointments to interview with people who have graduate assistantship openings relevant to their major field of study. Offers are made by the persons hiring the GAs; however, those offers must be approved by the students' graduate advisors and the assistant dean of the college of education.

Notification of Approval
The Assistant Dean of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education will send written notification when the student's recommendation for appointment has been approved. The letter of approval will contain the name of the department chairperson, dean or director who will assign the work responsibilities and the amount of the stipend per semester. The supervisor and the graduate coordinator will also receive copies of the approval letter.

Hours
General Graduate Assistants are required to work between fifteen and twenty hours per week which must total 300 hours during the fall semester and 300 hours during the spring semester. Course loads for graduate assistants must be at least six graduate semester hours. For liability reasons, GAs cannot start work before the first day of the semester. The work period is the first day of class through the last day of finals. Graduate Assistants arrange work schedules with the supervisors. They turn in monthly logs to the Assistant Dean of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education. Fall and spring break days are built into the calendar, and graduate assistants are not required to work on those days when class is not in session.

Orientation
All students who receive a graduate assistantship position must attend an orientation session. All graduate assistants (both new and returning) are expected to be at this meeting. During the orientation, important and key information will be provided regarding the policies and procedures of the assistantship program. The session is also an opportunity for the students to meet each other and ask any questions. Your I-9 form MUST be filled out and in Human Resources by the third day of class.

Fees
In lieu of the usual matriculation fees charged, all graduate assistants are required to pay a special matriculation fee of $25.00. The assistantship also allows the university to waive the out-of-state fees. The assistantship does not cover any of the student fees; therefore, the student is responsible for paying athletic, student activity, health, technology, parking and any laboratory fees. Graduate Assistants must pay for health insurance or demonstrate through Pearce and Pearce, Inc. that they have approved group insurance. http://www.studentinsurance.com/ 

Residence hall and meal plan expenses are also the responsibility of the student.

The tuition for Maymester courses or workshops cannot be waived.

Failure to pay fees and insurance (if applicable) by the GC deadline will result in the rescinding of the Graduate Assistantship.

Payments
Graduate Assistants will be paid one fourth of their stipend on each of the payroll dates during the semester; these dates are determined by the Office of Human Resources. Usually the first payment is the last working day in September. The Human Resource Calendar can be accessed through the student portal, MyCats. The stipend for General Graduate Assistants, Fall 2008 was $2315; the stipend for spring 2009 was $2315. Direct deposit is required of all GC employees. First payments are usually in a check form at the business office. Later payments are usually directly deposited.

Feedback and Evaluation
After the midpoint of each semester, each Graduate Assistant will provide feedback about the experience. This feedback will be a chance to discuss the benefits and any concerns or ideas for improvements. This feedback goes to the Asst. Dean of the College of Education and is confidential. The completed feedback is required before tuition can be waived for the next semester. We need the GA Supervision Form and the GA Feedback Form by November 15 in order to program Banner to waive tuition prior to the billing for the spring semester. You can check the status of your account by going to MyCats > PAWS > Secure Area (with password) > Student Financial Aid > Student Records (account summary) > Account Balance.

The supervisor will also evaluate the student's performance in the position at the same time.

     General for M.Ed. & Ed.S. (20 hour)
     M.A.T. (10 hour)   
     Early College (1 at double rate)

Contact Information for the College of Education
Mr. David Ladd
Georgia College
Campus Box 070
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-2514

 

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