Section 9.6: Benefits

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Stipend amounts are determined by the academic colleges.  Graduate assistants are paid semi-monthly on the 15th and last day of the month.  Each pay period runs from the 1st day to the 15th day and from the 16th day to the last day of the month.


The tuition remission for a full-time graduate assistant should cover a student’s enrollment up to 16 hours per semester (prorated for a part-time assistantship).  In some programs, a lesser tuition remission is acceptable but the graduate assistant needs to be notified in advance.


A graduate student may receive either a stipend and/or a tuition remission during the summer immediately prior to or after an academic year assistantship.  This may be done in consultation with the appropriate academic college dean and at the discretion of the department/school and is dependent upon the availability of funds.


Graduate assistants receive a partial health insurance credit towards the health insurance plan for graduate students offered through KSU. The health insurance credit is designed principally to assist students who do not have family or other health insurance and, therefore, wish to avail themselves of the health insurance plan.


Graduate assistants have the option to contribute to an Ohio retirement account or receiving exemption from retirement withholding.  Retirement for graduate assistants is governed by the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), unless the student is a graduate teaching assistant and has a current membership with the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS).  Graduate students who do not want to contribute to an Ohio retirement account must complete a request for exemption form.  As students, graduate assistants are exempted by federal law from Medicare taxation.