Concurrent graduate assistantships (but not other types of appointments) may be used to attain the 33 percent threshold for benefits and tuition remission. Any combination of Teaching, Research and Project Assistant is allowed. Combinations of appointments in excess of 50 percent during the fall and spring semester are not permitted for those on F-1 visas; combinations of appointments for all others are restricted to 75 percent during the fall and spring semesters.
In all cases, the total appointment percentage should reflect a balance between time devoted to academics and time devoted to the appointments. The academic success of the student should be the foremost determinant. Factors to consider in offering concurrent appointments that exceed 50 percent total time are the student’s time management skills, grade point average, and progress toward degree.