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Graduate Assistant Tuition Remission

On March 27, President Haegar announced that tuition remission for graduate assistants will be raised from 50 to 75 percent for those who work 20 hours per week. Accordingly, those who work between 10 -19 hours per week will receive a 37.5 percent tuition remission.

Here are the remission numbers for 2008-09:

Tuition for full-time students for fall and spring 2008 is $5310 ($2655 per semester).

Graduate assistants who work 20 hours per week will receive a 75 percent tuition remission of $3983 per year ($1991for fall and $1992 for spring).

Graduate students who work 10-19 hours per week will receive a 37.5 percent tuition remission of $1991.25 per year ($995 for fall and $996 for spring).

Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching

The Graduate College and the Faculty Development Program have reinstated the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award to honor exceptional achievement by graduate teaching assistants. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 award.

Nominees are Gina Blue, MAT Spanish; Janee Dunn, MA Applied Communication; Curtis Kleinman, MAT Spanish; Hilary Nemchik, MA Applied Communication; and Kinsey Pell, MS General Psychology. This year's awards went to Blue and Nemchik.

The nominees and recipients will be honored at the Graduate College Awards ceremony and reception to be held April 23 at 4 pm at the Grand Canyon Room in the University Union.

"Approximately 300 graduate students at NAU, or 5 percent, are teaching assistants," says Graduate Dean Ramona Mellott. "We are grateful for their talent, professionalism, and dedication to their disciplines and their students."

SELECTION PROCESS:
All faculty or staff who teach or supervise graduate assistants may put forward one nomination in February of each year. Nominees must have held a graduate teaching assistantship for all or part of the calendar year (spring, summer, and/or fall semesters) and hold a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0.

Nominees supply a teaching portfolio and a supplemental letter of recommendation in March, and a committee headed by the Graduate College dean makes the selection.