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 conditional admission basis.

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 Student Health and Risk will administer the health insurance provided to Graduate Assistants.

For International Students with Insurance Holds

The insurance holds of international students will be removed by FIU’s Student Health Services (SHS) once the insurance enrollment list is available to them. The insurance enrollment list will be submitted to SHS the week following the last day to enter contracts in the term.

Opt out of the GA Health Insurance Plan

(This does not apply to international students, or students on an F1 or J1 visa*)

Learn More

1. Go to

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 February 1, 2020.

*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)

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Summer 2020 Contract Entry Deadline is Friday, April 10, 2020.

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 Summer 2020, the deadline to submit this form is Friday, April 10, 2020.

GA Employment Agreement Summer 2020 – This form is completed by the department that will be hiring TAs/RAs/GAs. Signed original agreement forms are due to UGS by Friday, May 22, 2020.