What is FAFSA, how do I complete it and how does the government use it?
By Stephanie Small
Published April 13, 2012
Do elaborate financial forms make you cross-eyed? Does the thought of tackling the FAFSA make you cringe? Never fear, prospective grad students. We’ve got the lowdown on this daunting application: what it is, how to complete it and how the government uses it.
What is it?
Be the best teaching assistant you can be
By Ann van der Merwe
Published August 30, 2011
Teaching assistantships offer graduate students two things they desperately need: income and experience. Competition for them has increased in recent years, so anyone wishing to earn and retain these coveted positions needs to fill them well.
First, be dependable.
It seems like a statement of rather obvious fact that technology plays a greater role in the life of today's graduate student than it ever has in the past. And, in fact, it is obvious. But sometimes it's easy to overlook all the ways in which today's technology can make the grad school experience not only easier and better, but also richer and more edifying in ways you may not have thought of before.
Could drive down the cost of grad school
by Candi Deschamps
Published April 28, 2010
It’s tough being a grad student. You spend Saturday nights in the library, weekdays with bored undergraduates, and the time in between scouting events where “light refreshments and beverages will be served.”
But could the era of the starving student be nearing an end?
By: Ann van der Merwe
Published: January 28, 2013
Graduate students assigned to teaching assistantships vary widely in their preparedness for the classroom. Professors generally accept this and plan accordingly. I have adapted both workloads and duties to the talents of my assistants, and in most cases it has resulted in a positive experience for everyone involved.
Information compiled by the GradSchools.com team - last updated December 2010
The idea of graduate student assistants in the United States forming unions in order to be able to participate in collective bargaining is nothing new, but the issue is heating up once again. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that graduate research assistants at SUNY and CUNY Research Foundations are to receive collective bargaining rights due to the fact that they have what the NLRB calls "a primarily economic and not a primarily educational relationship with their employer."