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Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

A number of departments offer graduate assistantships. The primary goal of an assistantship is to facilitate progress toward the graduate degree by providing work experience in a profession under the supervision of a faculty or staff mentor.

Depending upon the needs of the academic unit, available funds, and the qualifications of the individual graduate student, three types of graduate assistantships may be offered:

Graduate assistants who are appointed at 50% FTE (20 hours/week) are part-time benefits eligible.

Additional information about graduate assistantships is available on the Graduate School website.

To apply for a graduate assistantship, contact the appropriate department.

New Hire Checklist

Employment Paperwork

Complete the following employment paperwork and return to Human Resources with proof of ID on or before your first day of work:

Background Check - Disclosure Consent- This form must be completed once an offer has been accepted. This form allows SFA to complete a background check prior to the date of hire.

Form W-4 - Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. Complete Form W-4 so that SFA can withhold the correct federal income tax from your pay.

Form I-9 (Print Version) - Employment Eligibility Verification Form. This version must be printed and completed by hand.

New Employee Datasheet- This form provides SFA with statistical data and other employee information including prior state service time.

New Employee Work Authorization Questionnaire

Property Liability Acknowledgement Form

Personnel Documents Receipt Form

Direct Deposit Form

Privacy and Security Compliance Statement


New Employee Orientation - New Employee Orientation includes a general orientation to the university (including an overview of the university's history, culture, traditions, and policies), benefits orientation and enrollment, and Equal Employment Opportunity Training. Equal Employment Opportunity Training is a mandatory training for all employees on campus, including student assistants. This training must be completed within the first 30 days of employment. Employees must renew their EEO training every two years.

To schedule New Employee Orientation, please call Human Resources at 936.468.2304