Senate Bill 1320 filed by Janet Cruz, would provide fee waivers for “a graduate student who has a 0.25 full-time equivalent appointment or greater as a graduate assistant, graduate research assistant, graduate teaching assistant, graduate research associate, or graduate teaching associate.”
House Bill 819 is a companion bill.
We support this bill.
- Graduate Assistants are charged upwards of $700 a semester in ‘student fees’. Some of these fees include using the technology in our classrooms, office spaces, and labs, as well as undergraduate only services.
- Graduate assistants teach a disproportionate number of undergraduate classes in the state university system.
- Because of the steep fees these students face, many of them actually have to pay the university for the privilege of being their undergraduate primary teaching force.