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Fellowship/Assistantship Transitions and the Impact on Benefits


PURPOSE OF GUIDELINES

Increase the awareness and understanding of the impacts on benefits when a graduate student transitions from a fellowship to an assistantship and vice versa to minimize unintended or unexpected outcomes. Graduate student's access to medical benefits is impacted when transitioning on and off a Graduate Fellowship and/or Graduate Assistantship. This document is intended to serve as a tool for graduate students plus graduate staff, faculty, and administrators seeking to better understand policies that govern access to benefits in addition to the impacts that these transitions have on benefit options, start dates, responsibility for cost of premiums, and waiting periods.  

BENEFIT ELIGIBILITY

Texas A&M Graduate Student Fellows

Per Section 1601.1021 of the Texas Insurance Code, Texas A&M Dissertation, Avilés-Johnson, IDP Merit, Pathways to the Doctorate, NSF-GRFP, and NIH-IMSD fellows, and recipients of GREAT Program Supplemental funding are eligible to participate in a Texas A&M University System insurance program. And, per the respective fellowship guidelines, fellows qualify for reimbursement of medical insurance premiums. 

The maximum reimbursement for medical insurance premiums for Texas A&M graduate student Dissertation, Avilés-Johnson, IDP Merit, Pathways to the Doctorate, NSF-GRFP, and NIH-IMSD fellows, and recipients of GREAT Program Supplemental funding enrolled in a TAMUS insurance program is equivalent to the cost of the employer contribution for the same premium category on the A&M Grad Plan. The above-mentioned fellows, participating in a non- TAMUS insurance program are eligible for reimbursement for the cost of medical insurance at an amount up to the cost of the employer contribution for the employee only premium category on the A&M Grad Plan. 

The maximum reimbursement for medical insurance premiums for Texas A&M graduate students on other external fellowships or training grants is dependent on the fellowship/grant funding guidelines. 
Texas A&M international graduate students will automatically have the System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP) added to their student account at the start of each semester. If the international student qualifies for reimbursement, the reimbursement will be posted to the student’s account.

Texas A&M Graduate Students Employed in a Benefit Eligible Assistantship

  • Job Title: Graduate Assistant Teaching (GAT), Graduate Assistant Lecturer (GAL), Graduate Assistant Researcher (GAR), Graduate Assistant Non-Teaching (GANT)
  • Percent Effort: 50% (20 hours / week)
  • Annual Work Period: Minimum 4.5 Months

POINTS OF CONTACT FOR BENEFIT ELECTIONS AND QUESTIONS

Employer
Point of Contact
Texas A&M University and Texas A&M Health Science Centerbenefits@tamu.edu
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and AgriLifeagrilifebenefits@ag.tamu.edu
College of Engineering and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Stationengrbenefits@tamu.edu



RELATED POLICIES AND REFERENCE ITEMS

Texas Statute 8. Health Insurance and Other Health Coverages section 1601. 1021

According to Section 1601.1021 of the Texas Insurance Code, postdoctoral fellows and graduate student fellows who meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the Texas A&M University System insurance programs:

  1. Postdoctoral fellowships, or
  2. One or more graduate student fellowships awarded to the individual on a competitive basis that, either singly or in combination, are valued at not less than $10,000 per year, and
  3. Is currently receiving a stipend from an applicable fellowship.

The statute also specifies that "An individual who participates in the uniform program under this section is not considered an employee of an institution of higher education solely as a result of the individual's participation in the program.

TAMUS Insurance Program - A&M Grad Plan

Select Premiums > Employee Premiums Full-Time and Part-Time 12 months to view Grad Plan premiums.

Academic Health Plan (AHP) - System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP)

Select Academic Health Plans (AHP) to view SSHIP premiums.

TAMU International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Health Insurance Information





To view the full guidelines as a pdf, click here

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