SAAs are the primary form of Ph.D. student financial support. There are two types of SAAs:
- Associate instructorships
- Research assistantships
Applicants are automatically considered for an SAA when they apply for admission. If you are admitted, your admission letter will include funding information.
All SAAs include a monthly stipend for 10 months. SAA stipends are considered graduate student financial support and compensation for assigned academic duties, and therefore are taxable income.
SAAs also include a fee remission and subsidized health insurance. The fee remission is restricted to a maximum of 30 credit hours in an academic year—up to 12 credit hours in the fall, up to 12 credit hours in the spring, and up to 6 credit hours in the summer. The fee remission is not taxable.
Requirements and expectations
All students with an SAA are required to sign an employment contract known as the Application and Agreement for Student Academic Appointment with the Department of Computer Science payroll/HR associate. In addition, you need to supply the documentation that is required for the hiring process.
All students with an SAA are required to attend the Student Academic Appointment Orientation in the fall term. They are also required to successfully complete two online tutorials: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Tutorial and the Data Protection and Privacy Tutorial. SAA appointees are responsible for following all policies in IU’s Graduate Student Academic Appointees Guide.
The SAA is a 50 percent appointment, which equates to 20 hours per week. If you have a 20-hours-per-week SAA, you are required to enroll in 6 credit hours for each term that you are on appointment. Failure to meet the enrollment requirements may result in termination of the SAA.
Students who have accumulated 90 credit hours or more and who have completed all course requirements are not eligible for fee remissions, but must still meet the registration requirements. Such students may enroll in CSCI-G 901 Advanced Research, which carries a value of 6 credit hours, has a flat-rate fee, and has no mandatory fees.