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Assistantships

Overview

A limited number of assistantships are available in all graduate programs and can be awarded to fully admitted, degree-seeking students. Individual offices on campus also offer assistantship or student employment opportunities.

Offices That Hire Graduate Assistants  |  Offices That Hire Graduate Student Employees

Requirements & Eligibility

A student who is awarded an assistantship is required to be a degree-seeking graduate student at the College of Charleston currently enrolled in graduate courses.  Applicants must be in good standing in their degree program.  Out-of-state students awarded an assistantship are eligible for an abatement, which are funds that cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

If you are awarded an assistantship but will not be enrolled in at least six hours of graduate credit, you must submit a request for a Category B Assistantship.

Earnings & Workload

Graduate Assistants: The minimum earnings for a student awarded a full-time graduate assistantship are $12,400 for the academic year, or $6,200 per semester.  This amount is based on 300 hours of work a semester with roughly 20 hours of work per week.  Students awarded a part-time graduate assistantship may earn at least $6,200 for the academic year, or $3,100 per semester.  This amount is based on 150 hours of work a semester with roughly 10 hours of work per week.  Graduate assistants are paid for actual hours worked and should record their time accurately on their timsheet.

Research Assistants: The minimum earnings for a student awarded a full-time research assistantship are $12,400 for the academic year, or $6,200 per semester.  This amount is based on 300 hours of work a semester with roughly 20 hours of work per week.  Students awarded a part-time research assistantship may earn at least $6,200 for the academic year, or $3,100 per semester.  This amount is based on 150 hours of work a semester with roughly 10 hours of work per week.  Research assistants are paid for actual hours worked and should record their time accurately on their timsheet.  NOTE: This pay rate only applies to graduate students hired as research assistants NOT supported by a grant.  Graduate students hired as research assistants who are supported by a grant may have a different pay structure. 

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Teaching Assistants: The minimum earnings for a student awarded a teaching assistantship are $13,300 for the academic year.  Teaching assistants tend to be in the sciences and typically assist with 2-3 lab sections for introductory courses.  Teaching assistants do not have to submit timesheets as their total earnings are divided evenly across the pay periods within their contract dates.

To Be Considered for an Assistantship

  • Contact your program director for possible opportunities
  • Check the Career Center's employment portal, CougarJobLink, to search for assistantship positions
  • Submit an assistantship application and a copy of your résumé to the Graduate School at gradstud@cofc.edu.  The Graduate School will make your application available to interested offices via an online database and will forward your application to any office you request.  Assistantship applications are kept on file in the Graduate School office for one year.

NOTE: Submitting an assistantship applicaton does not mean you have applied to a particular assistantship.

Required Orientation for New Student Employees

New student employees must attend an orientation hosted by the Career Center before they can begin work.  Once a student has signed their assistantship letter, they should schedule this orientation.  Orientation dates and information regarding the required documents are available on the Career Center's Student Employment website.

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