ASSISTANTSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Graduate Division Assistantship and Scholarship Programs at WNMU are intended
to provide graduate students with a supplemental learning experience to enhance
their graduate education program.
approval and terms and conditions of Graduate Division Assistantships, are made
by the Director of the Graduate Division. Graduate Students admitted as FINAL
Admission students are eligible to apply for a Graduate Division Assistantship
position. Graduate Division Assistants normally enroll for 9 graduate credit
hours. They may not take more than 12 or fewer than 6 graduate credit hours
each fall and spring semester; enrollment for only 6 graduate credit hours results
in a reduced number of available work hours per week (see below.) Enrollment
in 6 graduate credit hours for the summer semester is required
maximum number of hours a Graduate Assistant can work each week is 20. The
number of eligible work hours per week is based on the number of graduate
credit hours taken. A Graduate Assistant may work up to 7 hours per week if
enrolled for 3 graduate credit hours; up to 13 hours per week if enrolled for 6
graduate credit hours; and up to a maximum of 20 hours per week if enrolled for
9 to 12 graduate credit hours.
Division Assistantships are offered in two categories: (1) nine-month
assistantships provide students the opportunity to work the fall and spring
semesters, assuming that the student is enrolled in both semesters. (2)
twelve-month assistantships provide students the opportunity to work the fall,
spring, and summer semesters, assuming that the student is enrolled in all semesters. Please refer to the WNMU Catalog section “Graduate Assistantships”
for current pay scale.
out-of-state or international student who receives a Graduate Assistantship is
also eligible for the in-state tuition rate. All regulations applicable to U.
S. citizens are also requirements for the international graduate assistant.
Additionally, an international graduate student may hold a graduate
assistantship only if he or she holds an F-1 (student) visa,
Graduate Division Assistantship may be terminated or altered if enrollment
falls below 9 graduate credit hours during a fall or spring semester or 6
graduate credit hours during a summer session. The Assistantship may also
be terminated if the student’s GPA falls below 3.0 or the student withdraws
completely from the University.
must be received in the Office of the Graduate Division no later than July
15 for fall semester appointments, December 15 for spring semester
appointments, or May 15 for summer semester appointments.
Graduate Assistantship Application
Graduate Division Scholarship is intended to support increased enrollment of
New Mexico students from groups traditionally under-represented in graduate education.
Special emphasis is placed upon academic fields of high regional and national
priority, as well as fields in which under-representation is most severe.
Priority will be given to New Mexico students from those groups with the most
severe under-representation and students with the greatest financial need.
Graduate Division Scholarship may be awarded to an individual who:
- is a New Mexico resident
- is a citizen of the United States
or a permanent resident alien, and is a member of a group
under-represented in his or her intended graduate or professional field of
- has met the FINAL admission requirements
and is accepted for enrollment as a full-time student in a graduate or
professional field of study with high priority or under-representation;
- agrees to serve in an unpaid
assistantship at WNMU for ten (10) hours per week during the academic
- is eligible according to a standard
needs analysis (FAFSA), or when a financial aid officer exercises
professional judgment in accordance with WNMU’s and applicable federal
financial aid standards, to determine that circumstances, for which
documentation exists in the student’s file, warrant adjusting the cost of
attendance, expected family contribution, or other factors to make the
program responsive to a student’s special financial circumstances.
Graduate Division Scholarship provides students the opportunity to work the
fall, spring, and summer semesters.The scholarship funds will be distributed
through Financial Aid. Please refer to the current WNMU Catalogue for pay scale.
scholarship is terminated upon the occurrence of:
- failure to maintain a 3.0 GPA;
- withdrawal from the institution by
the award recipient;
- failure to re-enroll for
consecutive academic years;
- failure to be a full-time graduate
- substantial noncompliance by the
award recipient with the Graduate Scholarship Act or its rules,
regulations, or procedures. [New Mexico Title 5, Post-Secondary Education, Chapter 7 Tuition and Financial Aid, Part 15 Graduate Scholarship Program.]
Applications must be received in the
Office of the Graduate Division on April 1 of the spring semester for
fall awards or September 1 of the fall semester for spring awards.
Students will be notified of the awards by July 1 for fall awards and December
1 for spring awards.
Graduate Division Scholarship Regulations and Application Form