Your assistantship contract must be signed before you can begin to receive your stipend (if applicable). The Graduate School will email you with appropriate steps you need to take in order to complete this step. For new graduate students, this email will contain important instructions on how to complete your employment verification.
Ball State University participates in the federal E-Verify program for employment eligibility. This process provides the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. The federal verification process must be completed by the third business day of work.
Out-of-State and International Graduate Assistants
If you plan to arrive on campus during Orientation Week, do not worry. It is acceptable to wait until Orientation to visit the Graduate School office and sign your contract. When you arrive to Ball State, please bring with you all the necessary identification documents. All students will need a Social Security number to process their contract. International students must contact the Rinker Center for International Programs for more information about obtaining a Social Security number.