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 as soon as all contract details are in (prior to Fall 2021 registration deadlines). For new Fall 2021 contracts, we will update this page once the holds are removed. For further questions, please contact your hiring unit.

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 Friday, September 17, 2021.

*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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Graduate Assistant Contract Deadlines

Please make note of the following deadlines:

  • Friday, June 25, 2021 – Deadline to enter Fall 2021 contracts.
  • Friday, June 25, 2021  – Deadline to submit Electronic Credentialing For Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Friday, September 3, 2021 – Last day to submit the GA Employment Agreement form to UGS.  It is important that the GA read and fully understand the information on the GA Employment Agreement form prior to signing the form.
  • Friday, September 17, 2021 – Last day for GAs to opt out of the insurance online at  This is for GAs who have their own insurance and do not wish to be enrolled in the university’s plan. The form is submitted directly by the GA to Gallagher Student Health.