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Department of Educational Administration

Master's in Student Affairs Administration

Graduate Assistantship & Funding

Many SAA students hold Graduate Assistantships while enrolled at Michigan State. Although not a requirement of the program, assistantships compliment students' academic experience and provide other benefits that generally include:

  • Standard graduate tuition remission for up to 9 credits (most full-time SAA students take 10 credits per semester)
  • Monthly stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Eligibility for Graduate Assistant parking permit (does not pay for permit)

Assistantships are often available in a variety of offices at Michigan State, such as:

  • Honors College
  • Department of Residence Education and Housing Services
  • Career Services Network
  • Department of Student Life
  • Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services
  • Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention
  • Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
  • Undergraduate Research
  • University Activities Office
  • University Community Relations

Hourly funding opportunities are also available in addition to, or instead of, assistantships:


  • Department of Student Life
  • Student-Athlete Support Services Learning Assistant
  • Writing Center

Additional information about the assistantship application process will be provided to admitted students in mid-January. Admitted students have an opportunity to interview for assistantships at Spartan Preview Days. The process for all GAs, with the exception of assistantships in the Department of Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS), will be coordinated by the SAA program.

For prospective students interested in assistantships with the Department of Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS), you should directly apply to REHS. For first consideration for these positions, please apply by December 9. More information about assistantships in REHS can be found at

There are other opportunities on-campus and off-campus in which SAA students may take advantage. For example, some of our students have full-time positions at surrounding colleges, such as Albion College, Alma College, and Lansing Community College, and are able to complete the SAA degree in 2-3 years.