Appointments to teaching assistantships are made by the dean and faculty of the School of Art and are usually given only to second-year students. A student may not apply for an assistantship because all appointments are based on individual merit and performance qualifications and not on financial need. A U.S. Social Security number is required in order to be paid as a teaching assistant. Teaching assistantships may be for one or two terms, and the compensation is made via monthly payments (rather than tuition remission).