School of Graduate Studies

Assistantships & Finances

The School of Graduate Studies has a commitment to financially support our students.

We offer several types of assistance including graduate assistantships, financial aid loans, grants and scholarships to support their educational goals.

Graduate Assistant Handbook

We are pleased that you have chosen St. Cloud State University to pursue your graduate education, and we are delighted that you have been selected to serve as a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, you will be employed in academically relevant environments that may include teaching, research, or program support throughout the University. The assistantship experience will enhance and complement your graduate studies at St. Cloud State University.

This handbook has been designed to provide you with important and useful information about your assistantship. It will serve as a quick reference guide to the policies and procedures related to University assistantships and tuition benefits. The handbook also provides basic information on University resources that may help you to be more effective in your assistantship. 

St. Cloud State University is dedicated to the high standards of scholarship that characterize graduate education, and we are proud to offer tuition remission to our graduate assistants. It is the purpose of this handbook to provide information that pertains to the academic and administrative processes of providing this financial support.

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*This edition of the Graduate Assistant Handbook supersedes all previous editions of the St. Cloud State University Graduate Assistant Handbook. Every effort was made to ensure that the information in the Graduate Assistant Handbook was accurate at the time of publication. This handbook is accurate as of August 2023.

Graduate Assistant Overview

Find an Assistantship and Apply

Eligibility for a Graduate Assistantship

Acceptance and Conditions

Appointment Policies and Obligations


Tuition and Fees


Payroll Procedures/Calendar/Employment Dates

Timesheets/Getting Paid

Graduate Assistant Resources


Professional Development

University Resources

Rights and Responsibilities

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Funding Options

Financial Aid

Financial Services uses a variety of sources, including grants and loans, to help students fund their education.

Research Funds

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides 20-40 student research funds each year.

The funds support academic research and creative activity by undergraduate and graduate students under the direction of a faculty member.

Funds are awarded up to $1,500 per project through an application process. The average award is $750.

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