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Graduate Work Program (GWP)

While a number of Graduate Work positions are awarded through the admissions process, all graduate students (new and continuing) are invited to apply.  You may apply for the Graduate Work Program at any time after you have been accepted into a graduate program.

To view available positions click here .  To complete the application for a Graduate Work Program position for the 2014-2015 Academic Year, CLICK HERE. If you have problems accessing the applications, please email amacdougall@newhaven.edu

General Information    

There are three types of GWP positions offered at UNH. All three provide the same financial benefits to the student. All of these appointments require the student to work 15 hours per week to earn a stipend paid directly to them and they will receive a half tuition grant (up to a maximum of 12 credits).  Please be advised that not every student will receive an opportunity to be in the Graduate Work Program as these positions are highly competitive with only a limited number of students offered positions annually.

 

Types of Work Opportunities

The two types of Graduate Assistantships, Teaching and Research, allow qualified graduate students to aid faculty in teaching and research related activities. Teaching and Research Assistantships are available for US citizens as well as international students. These students will be paid via institutional Bursary Funds.

Administrative Awards allow qualified graduate students to assist administrative offices on campus with their office needs. Administrative Awards are available only to US citizens or permanent residents due to their work funding being provided by Federal Work Study funds.

 

Eligibility

Eligibility for GWP positions is limited to graduate students who will be officially accepted in a degree program and who will be registered as full-time students in the Fall, Spring or Summer (April)  terms.

A student may hold only one GWP position during any award period. During the period that a position is in effect, the student holding the position must be registered as a full-time student and must maintain a 3.00 cumulative quality point ratio. Students who do not meet these requirements will be subject to dismissal from the position.

GWP appointments are made for the academic year. Acceptance of an appointment is considered to be a commitment until the end of the Summer (April) term of the Academic year, unless a student completes the coursework for her or his degree in a prior term. Students may not end one GWP position and begin another during the academic year.  Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated by the Financial Aid Office.

Continuation of appointment in each succeeding term is dependent upon satisfactory work in the previous term.  Proper termination procedures are to be followed for students who do not meet satisfactory work requirements.

 

Benefits

The pay rate is $8.70 per hour, for 200 hours per trimester. The maximum number of hours per year (three terms) is 600. In addition to receiving an hourly pay rate, students in the Graduate Work Program will typically receive a half tuition waiver each term. This tuition waiver will always be half of what the student is actually paying for their specific tuition costs.

Certain positions are deemed to be “half positions,” in which case the student will receive half of all of the normal benefits of the Work Program. They will be awarded 100 hours per trimester for a total maximum of 300 hours for the year (three terms), along with receiving a quarter off tuition waiver for each term they hold the position. This tuition waiver will always be a quarter of what the student is actually paying for their specific tuition costs.

Funding for students who receive tuition support from any external organization or government, along with any tuition reduction received from UNH, will be prorated based on the type of GWP funding they receive and the amount of external support received.  Student’s receiving a half tuition scholarship from any other funding will not receive the half off tuition waiver associated with the GWP.

 

Applying For The GWP

While a number of Graduate Work positions are awarded through the admissions process, all graduate students (new and continuing) are invited to apply.  You may apply for the Graduate Work Program once you have been accepted into a graduate degree program. Please note: If you apply to the Graduate Work Program before you have been accepted into a graduate degree program, your application will not be processed.

To view available positions click here .  To complete the application for a Graduate Work Program position, CLICK HERE.  If you have problems accessing the applications, please email amacdougall@newhaven.edu 

Once a supervisor decides to offer the position to a student, a Graduate Worker application must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office. Graduate Workers must be hired for the full academic year (Fall, Spring and Summer terms) unless the student will graduate after the Fall or Spring term. As always, should the student not be fulfilling their duties as a Graduate Worker, proper termination procedures can be followed to terminate the student during the academic year.

 

Financial Aid Information Required to Begin Work

Once the application is approved by the Financial Aid Office, a Graduate Work Program contract is sent to the student. This contract must be returned to the Financial Aid Office. Employment paperwork is then created and available in the Financial Aid Office prior to the start of the graduate term. Work Authorization paperwork will be drafted for the student to pick up and complete. Once all documents are complete, the student receives a work release card from the Financial Aid Office, which indicates the date the student is authorized to work. Graduate Workers cannot begin working with the department until they have completed the required paperwork and have been given the appropriate work release card.            

All students selected for GWP positions must submit the following forms and information to the UNH Financial Aid Office before they will be allowed to begin working. No graduate worker will be allowed to work until all required documentation is submitted. Any student who begins work prior to completing all required paperwork will not be paid. 

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are required to submit the: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit the main Financial Aid page for information regarding submitting your FAFSA.
Note:  International students should not file a FAFSA.

Upon submission of the information indicated above, graduate workers will receive a financial aid award letter and GWP appointment letter.       

The appointment letter will list the position for which you have been accepted, your supervisor's name, the dates of employment, and the date that the Work Authorization paperwork will be ready for pick-up. Included with the Work Authorization paperwork are the Federal W-4, CT W-4 Form, INS Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9), and additional employment paperwork.

Following submission of these completed documents to the Financial Aid Office, the student will be issued a Work Release Authorization. No student can begin work until the Work Release Authorization has been issued by the Financial Aid Office.           

International students must apply for a social security card with the Social Security Administration and provide a copy of a letter indicating that they have done so along with their work authorization paperwork in order to begin working.  They must submit the card to the Financial Aid Office once they receive it, and within a month from submitting their other work authorization paperwork, before they are able to begin being paid.

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