The Perks of Being a GA

Fisher College offers several types of financial aid to graduate students. One particular type of aid is a Graduate Assistantship. The majority of MAcc Graduate Assistants (GAs) are placed in a teaching position for 211 or 212 undergraduate accounting classes. Along with teaching, other GA positions may include grading papers, administrative work, or acting as a MAcc ambassador.

Most MAcc GA led classes are taught on Friday, and are considered “labs”, or“ break-out“ sessions from a larger lecture class. The Friday “lab” session is typically devoted to group work on an accounting case project. GAs are responsible for assisting students with their cases, as well as grading the cases. Occasionally, GAs may teach a brief lesson to supplement class material taught earlier that week. GAs are expected to contribute ten hours a week to their duties.

If you are interested in a GA position, it is important to submit your Fisher MAcc application early. The deadline for financial aid priority consideration for domestic applicants is December 31, 2010. Also, it is important to schedule a visit to Fisher College. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to meet with admission staff, professors, and current students, which may increase your chances of being considered for tuition assistance.

So what are the perks of being a GA? Along with tuition assistance, GAs receive a monthly stipend. Since I am living at home this year, I am able to save my GA money and plan a vacation this Christmas break. I will be traveling to Peru to visit Machu Picchu and the Amazon jungle! If anyone has any Peru travel advice, please let me know. I will post an entry after I return with photos!