For all those students aspiring to pursue a graduate course and looking for financial aid, the University of Cincinnati (UC) should be your choice. This university offers Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to nearly 2000 full-time graduates every year. The assistantships are awarded for designated periods of time with funds allocated and monitored by the Graduate School of the university.
Under the assistantship, the awarded student receives a stipend as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School. Graduate assistantship students also receive a full tuition scholarship and are entitled to a discount at the university bookstore. In addition, the graduate assistants may also be eligible for one of the two Graduate Assistant/Fellow Health Insurance Awards.
To be eligible for the graduate assistantships, students must be registered for 12 graduate credit hours or more each semester at the university. These credit hours are exclusive of audit credits. In cases of not meeting the enrollment obligation, the awardees’ university assistantship stands cancelled. Non-native speakers of English who are awarded teaching assistantships at the University of Cincinnati are required to score at least a 3.0 on the Oral English Proficiency Test (OEPT), which evaluates the spoken language skills of the students. On successful completion of the OEPT, the candidates will be allowed to assume the full range of duties associated with their teaching assistantship. However, students who score 26 or above on the speaking section of the TOEFL IBT or students with a score of 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English are exempted from the OEPT.
A student who receives the graduate assistantship must go about the formal study like other students in addition to performing assigned duties of research, teaching or administrative service. Those with teaching duties are teaching assistants (TAs), and those with research duties are research assistants (RAs). The university will send in an award letter to the recipients of the assistantship. This letter will include details regarding the amount, duration of the award, specific academic requirements for completion of the degree, IRS guidelines, Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and Medicare. Upon the student’s acceptance of the offer, the students are bound to the terms and conditions as mentioned in the letter of appointment.
The University of Cincinnati also offers various Scholarships and fellowships to its students. For all those looking forward to study abroad with financial aids, the University of Cincinnati is truly the best choice.
Source: University of Cincinnati Official website
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