Guide to Funding in a U.S. University by Vikas Bansal, Grad student, UMBC.
Funding is on top most priority in every international student’s list. Funding is given in three ways by any university. Most common ways are Teaching Assistant (TA), Research Assistant (RA), Graduate Assistant and graders. Now I am going to discuss about these positions one by one.
Please ignore any grammatical, fragmentation, structural error. This article is a side effect of (5 minutes)*20 boring bus rides.
Assisting a professor in managing a class during semester. Some of the responsibilities may include office hours to solve doubts of students, correcting exams and invigilation during exam.
Very very decent compensation. They pay for 9 credits per semester. And also $1400 for living expenses (way more than what you actually need to survive). Compensation may change for half TAs (half everything).
How to get?
No specific criteria for this type of funding. It is generally allotted by program director at the time of admission.
Most of the TAs are allotted with admit letter with one year of contract. High gre scores, relevant experience, research profile and gpa ate dome deciders in TA during admission.
Very few TAs are given after admission letter. In first semester if your program director is taking a course, make sure you perform excellent in that as TAs are allotted by him only.
Financially chill job but doesn’t add to your resume as relevant work experience.
TAship is like a surprise package, it may come when you least expect it or may never come. For students who definitely need funding can not rely on TAship.
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