Students interested in financial assistance are urged to review the financial aid section of the current general catalog of the University of Nevada, Reno. In most cases, students are eligible to receive GSLs, NDSLs (student loans) and certain scholarships. The Center for Basque Studies has two graduate assistantships. Successful applicants are selected by the Center's faculty, although the assistantships are funded by the University. Each assistantship has a stipend of $18,000 (including health insurance but before taxes are deducted) and entails a 10-month employment contract with the University. Graduate assistants are exempt from out-of-state tuition fees and also receive a substantial fee waiver for courses. The state pays $166.21 for each credit and the student must therefore pay $63.29 per credit. In addition, international students who receive an assistantship must pay certain compulsory fees for services such as counseling, access to the health center and OISS fees.
Graduate assistants must be enrolled in at least six graduate-level credits per semester. In the Center for Basque Studies, graduate assistants work 20 hours per week on designated projects, or with individual professors in research. Duties may include occasional routine clerical work (such as preparing information packs for conferences and assisting with technical and catering arrangements for such events) but more commonly consist of assisting faculty with their courses (grading some assignments, giving guest lectures, participating in small group discussions, and preparing PowerPoint presentations). Students who teach are required to receive the appropriate training before teaching duties are undertaken. The Center is committed to mentoring graduate assistants in the classroom.
On a competitive basis, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) offers international awards to international graduate students currently enrolled at the University. The GSA also invites applications for travel grants (up to $500) for conferences, research grants of up to $2,500, computer loans of up to $1,500 and emergency loans from $500. Students must apply and be selected for these awards.