Boise State Graduate Assistantships provide support to graduate students who are committed to continuing their education at the graduate level. Departments may award teaching, research, or service assistantships which provide a salary, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Assistantships are awarded competitively and the contract period includes at least one full semester or session. Students are required to be admitted to a graduate program, meet minimum registration requirements, and continue to meet satisfactory degree progress.
Graduate Assistantships are offered by the departments. Students may contact departments with questions about available positions. Students wishing to apply for graduate assistantships must correspond directly with the department offering the assistantship.
See Policy 7170 for a complete description of the Graduate Assistantships policy
Graduate Assistantships include:
- Work obligation – work for the university is assigned by the supervisor and the student receives compensation in the form of a salary (see the GA Policy for maximum time commitments)
- Tuition and Fees – the assistantship includes payment of resident tuition and fees (see the GA Policy for minimum credits required)
- Health Insurance – the student is covered by the GA Group Plan
Information for university staff can be found on the Graduate College Intranet site under Graduate Assistantships.
Please click here to view the complete Boise State University Policy #7170 Graduate Assistantships.
Find an Assistantship
Graduate Assistantships are offered directly by individual departments. Links to some departments offering assistantships are listed below. Students may apply for assistantships in any department. The Graduate College does not award graduate assistantships.
Parent and Family Program GA – Office of Dean of Students (.pdf)
College of Business and Economics – MBA, Accountancy
College of Business and Economics – Economics
Dean of Students (.pdf)
Department of Anthropology
Department of Art
Department Civil Engineering
Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies
Department of Communication
Department of Computer Science
Department of Economics
Department of Educational Technology
Department of Geosciences
Department of History
Department of Kinesiology
Department of Mathematics
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Music
Department of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
Department of Political Science
Department of Public Policy and Administration
Energy Policy Institute
Financial Aid & Scholarships Office
Honors College Assistantship (.dox)
School of Social Work
MFA, Creative Writing
MFA, Visual Arts
Residence Life Graduate Case Manager (.docx)
Residence Life Graduate Resident Director (.docx)
Frequently Asked Questions
GeneralGraduate Assistants, as employees of the university, receive employee email accounts upon hire (i.e. FirstLast@boisestate.edu). This is in addition to their student email account (i.e. FirstLast@u.boisestate.edu). It is very important to note that when you are not employed by the university the employee email address will be cancelled. This is the case even if you will be a GA again (i.e. when you are not a GA in the summer your email account will not be active in the summer).
It is recommended that you use your student email address as your main account. Use caution when using the employee account on applications or other important documents, only the student account may still be active in the future when that person/agency/company is trying to reach you. Some students routinely check both accounts and some students prefer to auto-forward one account to the other.
Salary and PaychecksThe minimum salary for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:
Doctoral $10,226.00The number of standard hours assigned by the supervisor as the work obligation will not exceed 20 hours per week during the Fall or Spring Term. However, it is important to discuss the work expectations of your assistantship with your supervisor.
Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) and Graduate Service Assistants (GSAs) who earn more than the $455 weekly minimum are exempt from overtime under the FLSA overtime threshold. Exempt employees may be paid hourly or salary. If the position earns more than $455 per week and the department elects to pay hourly, the position is hourly exempt and hours must reported in the Time and Labor system. The department or office that hired you will determine if you are paid a salary or an hourly rate. If the GRA or GSA position pays less than $455 per week then the position is overtime eligible and is paid an hourly rate and you must enter hours in the Time and Labor system (see more below).
Under the FLSA exemption for teachers, Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are exempt from overtime regardless of how much the position pays.
For hourly Graduate Assistants only.The Payroll and Personnel Processing office offers an online training guide that shows you how to fill out your timesheet. Please visit their website for more information or access the Time Entry for Students guide. In-person Time and Labor workshops are offered about once a month. If you’d like to find out more information or sign up please visit Time and Labor workshops page or Time Entry Reference Guide.Check with your supervisor first to verify if your start date is within a pay period that has already been paid and to confirm if hiring paperwork was submitted on time. Your supervisor can call the payroll office or their Human Resource Services (HRS) representative to correct any discrepancy.
Tuition/Fee WaiverA standard tuition waiver covers resident tuition and fees outlined in the Boise State University Schedule of Tuition and Fees. For more information see FY16 Approved Tuition & Fees.Typically items such as E-Textbooks, ID Cards, and self–support course fees are not included as part of your fee waiver unless requested by the supporting department or unit. It is recommended that you contact the department/office that hired you to learn what fees are covered as part of your assistantship award.After your fee waiver has posted to your student account, if you are left with a balance that you feel should be covered as part of your assistantship, please contact the department/office that hired you.
Health InsuranceYes, your assistantship covers full payment of the Boise State GA Group Plan.
Health insurance for students holding Graduate Assistantship positions is provided by PacificSource Health Plans. Please note that this is a different plan than the student plan, or SHIP.
PacificSource Health Plans
Customer Service: 1-800-688-5008, ext. 2059
Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
You may print a temporary ID card here. Please note, even though there is a lookup field for your student ID, you must use your member ID.
Graduate Assistant health insurance 2016-2017 plan information:
PacificSource Medical Benefit Summary
PacificSource Pharmacy Summary
PacificSource GA Plan – International Travel Information
PacificSource GA Plan – Additional Information
For additional information or questions contact PacificSource (see above), Human Resources (208-426-1616) or the Graduate College (208-426-3647 or email@example.com).
When your GA position ends and your insurance termed, you will receive information related to COBRA. For additional information contact COBRA at 877-355-2760.
Health Services on campus provides primary care, urgent care, counseling, immunizations and offers additional care that may be included in your plan such as dietitian and massage therapy.
If you are a graduate student, but not receiving a graduate assistantship, please review your health insurance options with Health Services.
Information for Departments
Additional information for the departments may be found on the Graduate College Intranet Site.
- Hourly Pay FAQs for departments
- Payday Calculator
- Time and Labor Training
- Time Entry for Students Guide
Graduate Assistantship Titles
Graduate Assistants under Policy #7170 must hold one of these titles:
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Graduate Research Assistantship
Graduate Service Assistantship
Graduate Assistant Health Insurance
Health insurance is required for all students with Graduate Assistantships, along with the tuition waiver and salary. The GA health insurance is provided by PacificSource Health Plans. Students new to this employer please complete this enrollment form and return to Human Resource Services.PacificSource Health PlansGroup Name: Boise State University GA (Graduate Assistants)Group Number: G0032793Customer Service: 800-688-5008 or 208-333-1596Contact: Chantell Williams, Customer Service Rep, firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Assistant health insurance 2016-2017 plan information (2017-2018 information coming soon):
- PacificSource Medical Benefit Summary,
- PacificSource Pharmacy Summary
- PacificSource GA Plan – International Travel
- PacificSource GA Plan – Additional Information.
Coverage Start and End Dates
Coverage will begin ONLY when an EAF has been submitted, according to the following dates. Please ensure EAFs are submitted in a timely manner. Insurance coverage is tied to the work start and end date on the EAF. The recommended start date for Fall 2017 graduate assistantships is August 15, 2017. With this start work date the GA insurance coverage will start August 1, 2017.
- If the GA work start date is the 1st of the month through the 15th of the month, insurance coverage starts on the 1st of that month (i.e., August 1-15 start date, insurance starts August 1st)
- If the GA work start date is the 16th through the last day of the month, insurance coverage starts on the 1st of the following month (i.e., August 16-31 start date, insurance starts September 1st)
- For end dates, the insurance coverage ends on the last day of the month of their last day worked (i.e., if the last day worked is May 1-31, insurance ends May 31st).
If a GA is a continuing GA – that is, if they are a GA in the Spring and then again the following Fall – the insurance is continuous, regardless of start and stop dates in the summer. Departments should budget for 12 months of insurance coverage for all GAs.
Insurance premium and billing
The insurance premium will be charged to the department two times per year to the same account as the stipend. Billing periods are August through December for Fall semester and January through July for Spring semester / Summer session. The premium is processed through the payroll processing system.
Fall (August – December): $1,295.45 (posts in October)
Spring/Summer (January – July): $1,813.63 (posts in February)
Departments should budget for a full year of insurance coverage ($3,109.08) for each Graduate Assistant. Students who are GAs in the spring and again in the fall receive continuous coverage.
Updates regarding the GA Group plan may be found here.
Fee Waiver Forms
Form to Submit Tuition/Fee Waivers for Graduate Assistants Fall 2017 or 2017-2018 academic year (Secure Form)
Form to Submit Tuition/Fee Waivers for Graduate Assistants 2017-2018 (Spreadsheet – download to edit)