Most newly admitted graduate students are offered teaching assistantships. The teaching assistantships are for ten months; the rate of pay is at least $25,969 plus full tuition remission. Teaching and graduate assistants and their dependents are eligible for complete health plan benefits. In return, the student spends a total of twelve to fifteen hours each week on teaching duties, including class preparation and classroom instruction. For the two summer months, support is generally available in the form of research positions or summer teaching appointments.
After two years, I applied to Saint Joseph’s University. I had all intentions of becoming a undergraduate student that lived on campus and got involved in every way possible. When I was not approved for private loans without a cosigner, that dream quickly fizzled out. I made the decision to drive the 15-miles to campus each day. While I wanted to quit my job and put everything I had into my education, that just wouldn’t be a possibility. I could not and would not in good conscious leave my mom with a $ tuition bill each month. I continued to work 20-30 hours each week to help lessen my mother’s financial burden.