A graduate student enrolled in an MS or PhD degree program can be appointed as a Graduate Assistant (GA) by the Graduate College. The primary responsibility of a GA is participation in the research and teaching effort of the department or program. The work must contribute to the graduate/professional education of the student and to fulfillment of requirements for the graduate degree. Graduate Assistants are categorized as Graduate Assistants, (GA ’s), Graduate Research Assistants (GRA's) or Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA's) and are defined according to the student’s responsibilities.
GAs, GRAs, and GTAs may be eligible for a non-resident tuition waiver in accordance with Oklahoma State Regents policy. A student must be appointed a GA, GRA, or GTA by the first day of class in order to receive a non-resident tuition waiver for that semester.
The Internal Revenue Service grants student status to all GA’s, GRA’s, and GTA’s with half-time enrollment. IRS defines half-time enrollment as 5 credit hours for fall and spring semesters and 2 credit hours for the summer semester. If the enrollment drops below this, the student must be reclassified as an employee and will no longer be considered a GA, GRA, or GTA.