Financial support for graduate students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is primarily provided through the academic unit in which the student is enrolled. This support may be in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), or a fellowship. The stipend amounts and number of awards vary from unit to unit. Students interested in being considered for such support should contact the Principal Graduate Adviser or Graduate Officer in the respective academic unit for information on application procedures and deadlines.
Each semester, students who hold GTA or GRA appointments may also be recommended by their academic units for GTA/GRA Fee Remission awards. These awards cover the basic graduate educational fee for six credit hours. Doctoral or MFA students who receive a GTA/GRA Fee Remission Award and who have an appointment of at least 50% FTE (approx. 20 hrs. per week) may also be nominated for a Special Ph.D./DMA/MFA Fee Remission Award that covers the basic graduate educational fees for three additional credit hours.
For students who are not residents of Missouri, an additional benefit of having a GTA or GRA appointment is that it qualifies them for a non-resident fee remission. A minimum FTE of 25% (approx. 10 hrs. Per week) is required to be eligible for this latter award.
Each semester, students who hold GTA or GRA appointments may also be recommended by their academic units for GTA/GRA Fee Remission awards which are funded through the School of Graduate Studies. These awards cover the basic graduate educational fee for six (6) credit-hours only. Program User, Computer, ASUM, and Multipurpose Building Fees are the responsibility of the student. In order to “hold” classes in which they are pre-enrolled, graduate students receiving GTA/GRA Fee Remission Awards must pay the required percentage of their fees which are in excess of the Fee Remission Award by the dates indicated in the schedule of classes. Failure to make the required partial payment by the published deadlines will result in the student being dropped from the classes in which he or she has pre-enrolled and having to re-enroll. For students who are not residents of Missouri, an additional benefit of having a GTA or GRA appointment is that it qualifies them for a nonresident fee remission. A minimum appointment of 25 percent time (approximately 10 hours per week) is required to be eligible for either award.
SGS has also created recommended stipend levels based on the student pay rate matrixes from Human Resources: Recommended Minimum Graduate Stipend Levels.
GTA Cultural Orientation takes place each fall and spring semester, the Thursday before classes begin. For Fall 2016, this will be August 18th.
Please contact the School of Graduate Studies for registration information at 816-235-1301 or by email to UMKCSGS@umkc.edu.