RA FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for Resident Assistant Applicants

Will being a Resident Assistant affect my Financial Aid package?

Yes. Financial Aid does factor in room and board as compensation. For more detailed information, go to www.finaid.msu.edu/rm.asp.

If I am offered a RA position, will I be able to student teach?

First semester RAs may not teach or hold internships. After the first semester, experiences which will take the staff away from his/her building for significant time blocks are discouraged, and must be approved by the Community Director and Assistant Director in the RA's neighborhood before they are accepted. 

Do I have to sign up for on-campus housing for the fall in order to be considered for a position?

No. Candidates should only sign up for on-campus housing if they plan to live on campus in the fall. Candidates who are offered a position will be able to transfer their housing assignment to the hall where they have been placed. 

If I sign up for on-campus housing for next fall and I am not offered a position, and then decide I do not wish to live on campus, can I cancel my Housing contract?

If a student signs up for on-campus housing, they will not be able to cancel their housing contract unless they do so within 14 days of signing the contract. 

I am currently in high school and want to be a RA for the 2018-2019 academic year. Can I apply?

Current high school students cannot apply. Candidates must be college students who have lived in a MSU residence hall by the end of Fall 2017. Additionally, candidates must have completed 12 credits at the end of Fall 2017 and have a 2.75 cumulative MSU GPA. 

I did not get an email on or before January 3, 2018 letting me know if I am eligible to go through the process. What do I do?

Email rehshr@rhs.msu.edu or call Karen Stowell at 517-432-2503 on January 4, 2018 to let her know you did not receive notification. 

I will be an AOP Resident Assistant during the summer. Can I still be an RA in the fall?

Yes. All AOP RAs will be excused in order to attend the training sessions that take place in August.

I will be on Study Abroad and will not be here this spring to attend the Selection Weekend in January. Is there a way I can do this before leaving for Winter Break?

Candidates must be able to go through the interview process in person. Also, all candidates who are offered a position must attend the Spring Seminar starting in March, those who will not be here in the spring will not be able to participate in the Selection Weekend.

If I am offered a RA position, can I work another job?

RAs must first talk with the Community Director of their building/area about outside time commitments before accepting an additional job. Approval depends on how much time it will take them away from their RA position.

If I am offered a position, will I be able to leave campus for a weekend?

Yes. Each building sets up a duty rotation so that staff knows when they are on duty and when they can leave campus. Staff may trade duty times with each other if needed.

If offered a position, will I be able to select the hall I want to be placed in?

Candidates are selected based on vacancies that are open in each neighborhood. Candidates have a chance to indicate their top neighborhood choice, however, they may or may not be placed in that neighborhood.

If when the grade check is conducted, my grade point average turns out to be a 2.74, will you still let me go through the selection process?

No. The requirement is that candidates must have an MSU cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Special Note: The GPA minimum for Law Students is 2.20, for those wishing to apply for an Owen position.

I was too late and did not apply on-line, can I still apply?

Unfortunately, we are unable to allow students to apply after the deadline of December 1, 2017.

I have further questions, who can I call?

Email rehshr@rhs.msu.edu or call Karen Stowell at 517-432-2503.

Can I apply to be an RA and an Intercultural Aide too?

Candidates are welcome to apply for both positions, with the understanding that, if you are offered both positions, you will only be able to accept one.