Office of Student Life

Grad Pad

Want to be a Student Life GAA?

An Open Letter to Person’s Interested in Applying to be Graduate Administrative Associate in the Office of Student Life 

Are you interested in being a Graduate Administrative Associate (GAA) in Student Life? If so, you have found the right place by visiting the GradPad website. This is the Student life GAA clearing house to connect you to your future GAA experience here in the Office of Student Life. 

Submit an interest form here. Also visit,

Four important notes before you use this site. 

  • You have to be an enrolled graduate student in order to be a GAA, though being an enrolled Graduate Student does not guarantee a GAA position. If you are thinking about graduate school for next school year, it’s best to start looking at program websites in August or September to know when application deadlines are. 
  • The majority of GAAs are enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program here at the Ohio State University. If you are looking at the HESA program, the Student Personnel Assistantship Program (SPA) will work to place you in GAAs throughout the university through a separate interview and application process. 
  • If you are applying to or are currently enrolled in an academic program other than HESA, consult your academic department to ask about a GAA placement process. 
  • Becoming a GAA in Student Life is a competitive process as these are highly sought after positions providing in most cases full tuition waivers for both in-state and out-of-state residents, monthly living stipends, 85% of health insurance plan costs through the OSU Student Health Insurance Plan for both the GAA and eligible dependents, opportunities for professional development funding, and the opportunity to work professionally at one of the most comprehensive Student Life departments in the country. 

Thanks and Go Bucks! 

Chase V. Moore, MA
Program Manager
Office of the Vice President for Student Life

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