All MSU graduate teachers, service assistantships to cover full tuition

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Individual flags representing each MSU graduate student are displayed in the form of a bell during Graduate Student Appreciation Week on the MSU campus. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Mississippi State will cover full tuition for all graduate teaching and service assistants beginning in the fall semester, university leaders announced this week.

Increasing financial support for graduate teaching and service assistants has been identified as a top priority by the Graduate Studies Task Force, which was mandated by the Office of the Vice Provost and Director in 2020. While individual departments and offices on campus administer graduate assistantship scholarships and stipends, university-wide support ensures full tuition coverage for any student receiving a teaching assistant position or graduate service.

“Graduate assistantships provide valuable educational opportunities and enable students to pursue higher education with a significantly reduced financial burden, and I am extremely proud that we are able to provide this additional level of support,” said MSU Provost and executive chairman David Shaw. “We have strong graduate programs on campus, and this investment will make them even more competitive as they recruit high caliber students from across the state, the nation and the world. I would like to thank the Task Force on Graduate Studies for identifying several ways to continue to improve our graduate programs and President Keenum for his quick action to meet this need of our students.

Graduate teaching assistants support university teaching by assisting with classroom tasks such as exam preparation, grading, record keeping, as well as leading lectures, discussion groups and labs, or serving as a record instructor on the courses. Graduate service assistants assist faculty and staff members in administrative functions, with duties based on the needs of the campus unit providing the assistantship.

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