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Graduate Assistantships and Organizations

There are a number of resources for current Higher Education and Student Affairs students and graduates.


Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate Assistant Recruitment Program (GARP) is a collaborative effort among the University's Division of Student Affairs, the Higher Education and Student Affairs program, and the Student Personnel Association. GARP is designed to complement the Higher Education and Student Affairs program with graduate assistantships available from across the Division of Student Affairs, other areas of USC, as well as other local colleges. The majority of students who begin the HESA program with a graduate assistantship are GARP participants.

Benefits of the graduate assistantship include a stipend, tuition reduction, and professional experience and development. The Graduate Assistant Recruitment Program is generally held each year in February.

Student Personnel Association

The Student Personnel Association is a student-run organization that was founded over 40 years ago to promote interest and involvement in higher education and student affairs through association with students, faculty, and staff.

Their mission is to aid in the continuous development of students in higher education through professional development, community service, and social activities with students, faculty, and staff. The Student Personnel Association is open to all full-time and part-time students in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program.

Chi Sigma Alpha

Chi Sigma Alpha  is an international student affairs honor society comprised of graduate students, alumni, faculty members, and student affairs professionals committed to excellence in academics, research, and service to the profession. Members of Chi Sigma Alpha strive to maintain the highest standard of excellence in the profession of student affairs through providing targeted programs, collaborations across our institution and beyond, and leadership opportunities to expand our knowledge in the field of higher education.

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