Assistantship Health Contribution

A health contribution is available to those graduate assistants in the fall and spring who meet these criteria each semester:

  1. appointed to a 25% (10 hours per week) or more assistantship (GTA, GRA, GSA) by the end of the regular add/drop period and
  2. hold CSU health insurance and
  3. are resident-instruction graduate students enrolled in 5 credits or more

The student does not need to apply for this benefit. A report will identify all qualifying students. A health insurance contribution will be applied to the student's account and taxed through payroll approximately one week after the end of the regular add/drop period.

The health insurance contribution amount to be applied for qualifying students is:

  • $689.00 in fall, and again in the spring to qualifying international students
  • $1165.00 in fall, and again in the spring to qualifying domestic students

These amounts are based on the differing costs of the two types of health insurance.

Graduate Assistant (GTA/GRA/GSA) Health Insurance Contribution FAQs

Effective Fall 2015

  1. What requirements must the student meet in order to be eligible for the graduate assistant health insurance contribution? The student must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • have an assistantship appointment of at least 25% (10 hours per week) by the end of the regular add/drop period and
    • hold CSU health insurance and
    • be enrolled in a resident instruction on-campus graduate program and enrolled in 5 or more resident instruction on-campus credits (excluding audits, Continuous Registration, and OnlinePlus credits).
  2. What will the amount of the graduate assistant’s health insurance contribution be?
    • If the student meets the GA eligibility requirements in both the fall and spring semesters, his/her CSU health insurance contribution will cover 100% of the fall, spring and summer health insurance premiums.
    • If the student meets the GA eligibility requirements for only one semester, his/her CSU health insurance contribution will cover 100% of the insurance premium only in that semester. The summer premium costs will not be covered when a student serves as a GA for only one semester.
      • If the student serves as a GA for one semester, he or she is not eligible for CSU’s summer health insurance contribution.
  3. If a graduate assistant is eligible for the health insurance contribution, when is the contribution applied the student’s account?
    • The health insurance contribution will appear on the student’s CSU account as a credit, approximately one week after the end of the regular add/drop date.
  4. Is the health insurance contribution taxable?
    • The contribution is considered “supplemental wages”. Supplemental wages are taxed at a higher tax rate and will decrease the first paycheck of the semester for the student (once only each semester, fall and spring).
  5. Does the graduate assistant need to apply for the health insurance contribution?
    • The student does not need to apply for the health insurance contribution. The student will automatically be identified.

For additional information regarding the health insurance policy and the health contribution, please visit the Student Health Insurance page on the CSU Health Network website.

Questions regarding the health insurance policy should be directed to the CSU Health Network at 970-491-5118.

Questions regarding the health insurance contribution should be directed to the Graduate School at 970-491-6817.