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Graduate Assistantships

Colleges and Departments at Florida International University provide Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to qualified students on a competitive basis. GAs may teach, conduct research, or have other responsibilities that contribute to the student's professional development. GAs are classified as Graduate Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants or Graduate Research Assistants.  A graduate assistantship provides a stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance.  For information on assistantship opportunities, students should contact the graduate program in which they are enrolled.  Assistantships are not available to non-degree seeking students or students admitted on a two-term conditional admission basis.

Graduate Assistantship Handbook 2014-2015 (PDF) - Information on the Requirements for Assistantships and the Terms and Conditions of a Graduate Assistant Contract.

Graduate Assistantship Program Summary Chart 2014-2015 (PDF) - Detailed information on the tuition waiver and health insurance premiums for TAs, GAs, and RAs.

Graduate Assistant Insurance Florida International University provides subsidized health insurance to all graduate assistants holding a full-term appointment for 20 hours per week.  All Graduate Assistants are required to participate in this health insurance plan unless their insurance company will certify equivalent coverage. Gallagher Koster will administer the health insurance provided to Graduate Assistants.  For information, please visit their website here.

Health Insurance Program

In order to opt out of the GA Health Insurance Plan:
(This does not apply to international students, or students on an F1 or J1 visa*)

  • 1. Go to www.gallagherkoster.com/FIU
  • 2. Click on 'Graduate Assistant Waive'
  • 3. Create a user account, or log in if you are a returning user
  • 4. Select the Red 'I Want to Waive' button. When waiving the insurance, have your current health insurance ID card ready as you will need this information in order to complete the waiver form. Upon completing the form, you will be asked to review your information for accuracy and then click 'submit'. Immediately upon submitting your online form you will receive a confirmation number. Receipt of this confirmation number only confirms submission, not acceptance, of your Waiver Form. Please save this number and print a copy of the confirmation for your records
  • 5. Deadline to opt out is Tuesday, September 16th, 2014.

*International students, F1 and J1 visa students need to opt out through FIU Student Health Services. Please use the following form: International Student Health Insurance Compliance Form (PDF)

For Departmental use only

Fall 2014 Contract Entry Deadline is August 1st, 2014.

Electronic Credentialing of Teaching Assistants: The credentialing of Teaching Assistants as primary instructors is done electronically in Panther Soft. Departments hiring a Teaching Assistant must submit the electronic credentialing form before the Teaching Assistant is assigned to the course (s). The Electronic Credentialing Request Form User Manual can be retrieved here. Please note that before the Office of Class Management can add the Teaching Assistant to the course, the final electronic credentialing form must be submitted and approved by UGS.For Fall 2014, the deadline to submit this form is August 1st, 2014.

GA Employment Agreement 2014-2015 (PDF) - This form is completed by the department to hire TAs/RAs/GAs. Signed original agreement forms are due to UGS by Thursday, September 4th, 2014.