Tuition Fee Waiver for Teaching Associates

The employment of Teaching Associates provides graduate students with an opportunity to gain supervised teaching experience in fields related to their advanced study, while simultaneously maintaining the highest possible standards of undergraduate instruction. In recognition of their important contribution to the University, San José State University provides a Teaching Associate Fee Waiver.


Graduate students shall be enrolled in a minimum of three units of coursework per semester and in “classified status” in a graduate program of study. For one semester only, students who have already served as a TA who are enrolled in fewer than three units are also eligible for employment. The student should be enrolled in at least one unit or be in the process of completing a Satisfactory Progress (SP) grade.

All Teaching Associates shall work under the close supervision of a faculty member, and the school/department/program employing them. Students shall have had a course or workshop leading to competency in teaching in the discipline, or teaching experience, prior to working as a Teaching Associate.

Matriculated graduate students who are appointed as Teaching Associates at San José State University are granted fee waivers of mandatory campus miscellaneous fees and mandatory state university fees during the semester in which they are teaching.

The fee waiver covers 1-6 units for a hiring time base of 0.10 to 0.20 or more than 6 units for a hiring time base above 0.20. 


The Teaching Associate Fee Waiver Application (.pdf) must be routed via the Teaching Associate’s hiring department for processing.