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Graduate Student Assistantships

Assistantship appointments provide financial support to a graduate student who engages in teaching, research, and/or service. Most assistantships include a tuition waiver, health insurance, and monthly stipend. Graduate assistants are required to work 20 hours per week during the semester in which they receive the assistantship. Departments and programs generally make assistantship offers during the admissions process; however, current students may be eligible for an assistantship in their program if funding is available. Students should contact their department chair and/or program director for more information.

More information about graduate student assistantships.

Sponsored Student Tuition & Non-Resident Waiver Form

Note: Beginning August 10, we are accepting Sponsored Student Tuition & Non-Resident Waiver forms via myWSU only. Read below for instructions.

Students eligible for Graduate Student Health Insurance and/or applicable non-resident waiver include:

  • Graduates fully supported by a fellowship who are receiving a stipend of at least  $800 per month; engaged in research activity similar to that of a Research Assistant; registered for at least 10 credits or
  • Students in their final semester (defending by enrolled in 2-9 credits) and previously  funded on an assistantship or
  • Students who have completed/submitted the Internship Leave form to the Graduate School

Instructions for submitting forms through myWSU: In myWSU Main Menu, click on WSU: Graduate School: Support Memo

  1. Guarantee Only Instructions: You would submit a guarantee only memo if your department/area is wanting to pay for the students insurance, tuition and/or mandatory fees. You can only use accounts that are 11-14 or 17A. View the Guarantee only instructions (PDF)
  2. Expenditure authority instructions (PDF)
  3. Commitment Only Instructions: Commitment only memo is to be used only when you are seeking waivers that have been committed to your department/area from the Graduate School. These waivers are typically waivers that cannot be received from assistantships. Please be sure to have your Commitment # available.  View the Commitment only instructions (PDF).
  4. Guarantee Commitment Instructions: You would submit this memo if you want to do both: Pay for some fees associated with the student and seek a Graduate School waiver based on a commitment from the Graduate School. View the Guarantee commitment instructions (PDF).
  5. How to print or save to a PDF

Ph.D. Fellowship Tuition Support Program

Some fellowship awards fall short of meeting a graduate fellow’s educational expenses. The Ph.D. Fellowship Tuition Support Program (pdf) allows eligible students to receive support from the Graduate School to augment their fellowship award by providing a supplemental tuition waiver support.

Non-service Payment Form

The Non-service Payment Form authorizes disbursements to individuals who are not obligated to provide services to WSU in exchange for the payments. Please see the Business Policies & Procedures Manual 30.30 for more information.

Non-service payments are processed through AP. The recipient needs to sign up for direct deposit on the travel/AP website.

Fellowship and Grant Funding

Fellowships and grants are available from a number of outside agencies, including private foundations, nonprofits, and state and federal sources. A variety of support is offered, from one-time awards to multi-year support for living expenses, educational fees, conference travel and/or research for beginning to advanced graduate student and postdoctoral levels. Aside from the obvious financial benefit, receipt of external funding exemplifies excellence in research, writing and scholarship. Applying for external fellowships and grants is an excellent professional development experience for many students who will be seeking academic career placement where grant funding is a necessity. For more information about grants, visit the Office of Research Support and Operations Informer website.

Internships

Students should work with their faculty advisor to identify potential internship opportunities that fit within their program of study. Students who wish to participate in a fall or spring internship are required to meet the University’s continuous enrollment policy by either enrolling in a minimum of two graduate credits, be in continuous doctoral status, or be approved for official internship leave. Please see the complete Internship leave policy.

Deposit and Tax Information for Students

Check distribution & direct deposit

We recommend students use direct deposit to ensure fast arrival of funds. They may sign up for direct deposit through Payroll Services.

Tax Implications

WSU does not withhold federal income taxes on fellowships and traineeships, and will not report it on an annual 1099 IRS Form. Graduate fellows who are US citizens and resident aliens are responsible for paying all income taxes that may become due as a consequence of receiving graduate fellowship stipend payments. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the federal and state income tax implications of receiving a fellowship.

The IRS provides general information to assist students in determining tax liability and reporting obligations. Tax liability depends on a student’s particular circumstances, and students are advised to contact a personal tax advisor or the IRS with any questions or concerns. IRS Live Telephone Assistance is Toll-free: 1-800-829-1040. Instructions for 1099-MISC Form: Instructions for the Form 1099-MISC. To find your Local IRS Office, visit: www.irs.gov/localcontacts/index.html.

International students can find more information regarding their tax liability within the Office of International Students and Scholar Information website.