University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Employment Benefits

As a graduate assistant, there are various benefits available. Please review these benefits and how they may apply to you.

  • Medical and dental coverage
  • Resident tuition rate reduction
  • Informal sick leave
  • Leaves
  • Vacation

Medical and Dental Coverage

The Graduate Assistant Health Plan, through the Office of Student Health Benefits, provides medical and dental coverage to eligible Graduate Assistants working 195 hours during the official semester payroll dates. For information about eligibility or coverage, contact the Office of Student Health Benefits at Boynton Health Service, 612-624-0627 or

Resident Tuition Rate Reduction

Current Graduate Assistants

Graduate assistants who work a minimum of 195 semester hours and meet the registration requirements are eligible to receive a non-resident waiver during that semester. If you do not receive the non-resident waiver, contact Graduate Assistant Employment office.

Eligibility for the resident tuition rate reduction also applies to immediate family members (spouse*, children, or legal ward living in the household) upon documentation. Acceptable documentation includes a marriage license (in English or an English translation), a birth certificate, or a visa.

Receiving a resident tuition rate reduction does not change your residency status. More information on residency and reciprocity can be found at the Admissions Web site.

Former Graduate Assistants

Former graduate assistants, who have completed two semesters of a graduate assistantship at 195 semester hours, and their immediate family members (spouse*, children, or legal ward living in the household) may be eligible to receive resident tuition rate reductions for up to four semesters, based on the number of qualifying GA appointments. The resident tuition rate reduction must be used within three years of the date of the last qualifying semester. Contact the GAE office to document eligibility (documentation includes a marriage license in English or an English translation, a birth certificate, or a visa). Retroactive requests for resident rate reductions will not be considered beyond one academic year from the current semester.

*Same-sex domestic partner non-resident waiver coverage will terminate December 31, 2014.

Informal Sick Leave

Graduate assistants are entitled to a paid informal sick leave, not to exceed two weeks of consecutive pay, for absences caused by illness or injury to yourself or your dependent child.

In the case of repeated absences due to illness, the appointing authority may request a health provider's certification verifying your inability to work.


Graduate assistants may be eligible for absences during the term of the appointment for parental, family medical leave, or personal medical leave based on the qualifying appointment.

Family and Medical Leave Act Policy

Parental Leave for Academic Employees


Graduate assistants do not receive paid vacation.