What is a Graduate/Lab Assistantship?
Assistantships provide students with training and valuable professional experience in a higher education work environment. The required duties do not interfere unduly with the academic studies and contribute to the students' intellectual growth and degree goals.
Assistantships are considered a form of financial aid offered to assist in addressing the program costs. An appointment provides tuition remission up to 9 credits per semester, and may also include stipend funding.
Qualifications for Appointment
A student applying for a Graduate/Lab assistantship must meet the following qualifications:
- A Graduate/Lab Assistant must be unconditionally admitted to the Graduate School and enrolled full time (9+ credits per semester) in a degree granting program. To retain an appointment, students must maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and be making satisfactory academic progress toward program completion. If at any point the standards stated herein are not met, the student's appointment will be terminated. During the last semester of matriculation, the Graduate/Lab Assistant may enroll in less than 9 credits, per the program director's approval.
- A 5-year program student must have earned a minimum of 120 credits prior to qualifying for an assistantship appointment.
- Assistantship tuition remission will not cover internship, independent study, study abroad, or special project course registrations.
- All US citizen Graduate/Lab Assistants are required to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application at www.studentaid.gov before an appointment may begin.
- A Graduate/Lab Assistant must complete all required documents found in the Graduate/Lab Assistant onboarding package before an appointment may begin. A link to the online documents will be sent to the student's Manhattan College email account by Financial Aid upon receipt of the completed Gradaute Assistantship form from the appropriate supervisor/department.
- A Graduate/Lab Assistant must work an average of 20 works per week, per semester, in order to fulfill the tuition remission obligation, and any additional hours associated with an offered stipend commitment.
- A Graduate/Lab Assistant is a Manhattan College employee as well as a student, and is expected to meet their instructional, research, and/or administrative obligations. They will work under the supervision of an assigned faculty member or administrator.
- All Graduate/Lab Assistants are required to complete an online timesheet, through the Manhattan College Self Service portal under the "Financial Aid" header, to record the hours served to meet their contractual obligations.
- All Graduate/Lab Assistants can only have one assistantship position.
- Graduate Assistants cannot utilize the Graduate Assistant tuition remission, as well as athletic aid at the same time.
- Once a non-stipend Graduate Assistant has reached the 300 hour semester obligation, they can discuss with their department to determine if they can continue to work for the department on a per hour basis until the 300 hour semester obligation begins for the following semester. The per hour rate is $15.
How to Apply
- Click on the position above.
- Complete the online application.
- Submit your resume and cover letter.
If you meet the criteria for the position, the hiring manager will contact you for an interview once documents are completed online.
Hired Graduate Assistants
The Graduate Assistantship Form must be completed by the Graduate Assistant and supervisor each semester prior to the payment due date for each term. The Special Programs Form for the School of Engineering Lab Assistants must be completed by the Lab Assistant and supervisor each semester prior to the payment due date for each term. In addition to the respective form, all hired graduate and lab assistants must have a valid I-9 and W-4 on file. These forms are available in the Office of Financial Aid Administration located in Thomas Hall 3.60.