To ensure that teaching assistantships are awarded to the most qualified individuals, the Graduate School has established the following requirements:
Research assistantships are available through special arrangements with individual research advisors. Individuals interested in research assistantships should contact departmental faculty members concerning the availability of this form of financial aid. Students who receive teaching or research assistantships must be matriculated and full-time (minimum of 9 credits per semester).
The amount of the teaching or research assistantship (TA or RA) for each semester or academic year is set according to agreement between UMass Lowell and the UAW/Graduate Employees Organization.
For in-state students, a full-time assistantship carries a taxable stipend plus a tuition and operating fees waiver for nine credits each semester. A half-time assistantship for in-state students carries a taxable stipend plus a half tuition and operating fees waiver for nine credits each semester.
For out-of-state students, a full time assistantship carries the same taxable stipend as the in-state students, plus an out-of-state tuition and operating fees waiver for nine credits. A half-time assistantship for an out-of-state student carries the same taxable stipend as the in-state students, plus a half out-of-state tuition and operating fees waiver for nine credits.
Waiver and stipend amounts are governed by the Union Agreement between the University and UAW/Graduate Employees Organization. The TA and RA contract packages do not include summer support, which may be available in the department from individual researchers. Stipend information, including definitions of TA/RA stipend levels, for the current year may be found on the Payroll Services website.
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A limited number of student assistantships are available in the departments. Students in this category are paid an hourly rate and are obligated to pay their own tuition and fees. All queries concerning assistantships should be directed to the graduate coordinator in the student's department.