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Graduate Assistantship Requirements

Graduate students are not allowed to be appointed more than 20 hours per week in fall and spring and up to 40 hours per week in summer. An assistantship agreement is contingent upon full-time enrollment as specified in the Graduate Catalog. Graduate students enrolled in fully online programs that exempt them from paying campus-based fees are not eligible for graduate assistantships.

An assistantship may be curtailed, diminished, or terminated at any time, by reason of any one of the following:

  • failure of the graduate assistant, in the academic judgment of the College or University, to maintain satisfactory student status or to make appropriate progress toward the degree;
  • incompetence, which is documented, or misconduct of the employee;
  • completion of degree requirements;
  • lack of funds as a result of adverse financial conditions;
  • no further need, in the opinion of the University, Department or other unit, for the functions being performed; or
  • for international students, if visa status is not maintained.

New graduate assistant appointees (and those who have not had university employment in the previous 12 months) must have criminal history background checks, which will be conducted via a process overseen by UCF Human Resources. Authorization must be obtained to conduct these background checks.



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The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

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