Graduate Assistant Benefits

Graduate Assistant Benefits

Graduate Assistants (GAs) at the University of Maryland  are eligible for up to 10 credits of tuition per semester, enrollment in the university health care programs, Credit Union membership, Faculty Club membership, priority housing in graduate apartments, use of certain facilities, and receive a financial stipend.
To see the UMD Policy on Benefits for Graduate Assistants, visit

For a detailed review of the policies, visit the Graduate School Catalog at


All graduate assistants fall into one of three steps. Step I is for first-year graduate assistants only; Step II is for second-year assistants, as well as those students, new or continuing, holding a master’s degree; and Step III is for doctoral students officially advanced to candidacy. Graduate Assistants may work full (20 hr/wk) or half (10 hr/wk) time and are appointed for either a 12-month, 9.5-month, or 9-month period, after which their contracts may be reviewed for renewal if and when appropriate.
Learn more about steps and stipends at

Tuition Remission

UMCP encourages and supports University faculty, staff and retirees, both on the College Park campus and within the University System of Maryland (USM), to make use of the opportunity to enroll in academic courses. Tuition remission benefits are also available for the spouse and dependents of regular status and retired faculty and staff members.
To learn more about tuition remission, visit University Human Resources at

Health Insurance

Graduate Assistants on a full- or half-time appointment may enroll in the university employee health benefits program. The personnel coordinator in the student’s department should be able to provide appropriate forms. GAs must enroll within 60 days of their initial employment to be eligible for a health care program. GAs may enroll their spouses and children under this program.
Any graduate student who is ineligible for the employee health care program may enroll in the student health insurance program offered by the University Health Center.
For more information, call the University Health Center Insurance Office at 301-314-8165 or visit

Time Away From Duty

Graduate Assistants working full-time on 12-month appointments may have time-away from their duties. A full time (20 hours per week), 12-month assistantship carries the expectation that the GA will be allowed ten workdays (40 hours) of collegially supported absence. This time away from duties must be taken during the current appointment. It may not be accumulated or transferred. It does not include time when the University is closed.  Because colleagues must perform the GA’s responsibilities during an absence, reasonable notice and prior approval by the GA’s supervisor are required. Time-away from duty may be used for such purpose as the GA elects and is, therefore, distinct and separate from allowable absences for illness, maternity, or adoption. If a Graduate Assistant becomes ill, time away from duties should initially be supported collegially. Occasional, short-term absences on account of illness generally will not require the use of the allowable “time-away from duty” days.
Learn more about Policies for Graduate Assistantships at

Contact GSL

Graduate Student Life
0121 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
College Park, MD 20742