Graduate Assistant Employment Benefits

As a graduate assistant, you may be eligible for benefits. The information below will tell you more about:

Medical and Dental Coverage

The Graduate Assistant Health Plan provides medical and dental coverage to eligible graduate assistants working 195 hours during the official semester payroll dates. To learn more about eligibility or coverage, contact:

Office of Student Health Benefits
Boynton Health Service
612-624-0627 or umgahbo@umn.edu

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Resident Tuition Rate Reduction

Current Graduate Assistants

Graduate assistants can receive a non-resident waiver during semesters in which they:

  • work at least 195 hours 
  • meet registration requirements

If you don't receive your non-resident waiver, contact the Graduate Assistant Employment office.

Your immediate family (spouse, children, or legal ward living in the household) can also get the resident tuition rate reduction if they provide a:

  • marriage license (in English or English translation)
  • birth certificate
  • or a visa

Receiving a resident tuition rate reduction doesn't change your residency status. For more information on residency and reciprocity, visit the Admissions website.

Former Graduate Assistants

Former graduate assistants can also get resident tuition rate reductions for up to four semesters, based on the number of graduate assistant appointments. You are eligible if you have completed two semesters of a graduate assistantship at 195 semester hours.

Your immediate family (spouse, children, or legal ward living in the household) can also get the resident tuition rate reduction if they provide a:

  • marriage license (in English or English translation)
  • birth certificate
  • or a visa

The resident tuition rate reduction must be used within three years of the last qualifying semester. You can ask for a retroactive resident rate reduction up to one academic year from the current semester.

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Informal Sick Leave

Graduate assistants can get up to two weeks of paid informal sick leave for you or your dependent child. 

If you are absent repeatedly, your department may ask for a doctor's certification that you are unable to work.

Leaves

Graduate assistants may be eligible for parental, family, or personal medical leave, depending on your appointment.

Vacation

Graduate assistants do not receive paid vacation.

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