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Graduate Assistants United 

New Graduate Student Checklist



Starting graduate school can be overwhelming. We’re here to help make it a little easier. Here’s a quick checklist of things you’ll want to cross off your to-do list before the semester gets underway.


Have you…

  • Submitted your immunization form to FSU?

  • Completed your residency requirements?

  • Registered for classes? (9 or 12 hours for full time students, varies by department)

  • Purchased health insurance or submitted your insurance information to FSU?

  • Opted-in to the health insurance subsidy if you bought FSU health insurance?

    • This process is done via email, so keep an eye on your inbox for this!

  • Set up your direct deposit?

  • Joined Graduate Assistants United?

  • Followed us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram?


See below for more detailed information and deadlines for Fall 2023!

Thursday, August 24

  • Out-of-state (domestic) students: In order to not get charged the out-of-state tuition rate next year, you have to start planning now to secure Florida residency. Next fall you’ll have to show FL residency for at least a year before the start of classes, so make sure all your residency documents are dated on or before August 20, 2020. Residency documents include, but are not limited to: voter registration, driver's license, car registration, and a Declaration of Domicile filed with Leon County. For a full list, see the admissions link below.

  • Submit immunization form (must be completed in order to register for classes)

  • For more info see: → → immunization requirements

Thursday, August 31

  • This is the last day to add/drop classes for fall, officially ending at 11:59pm.

Sunday, September 10

  • Deadline to opt-in to the insurance subsidy

  • If you purchased FSU health insurance for 2023-24, you will want to opt-in to the subsidy benefit through the email sent by the university. You won’t receive the subsidy unless you opt-in so that you don’t have to pay taxes on the subsidy. The email for opting in can be confusing, so make sure you read it carefully.

UFF-FSU-GAU is a support system for all GAs.

With ❤️,

Graduate Assistants United

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