Appointments to teaching assistantships are made by the faculty of the School of Art and managed by the assistant dean for academic affairs. Teaching assistantships are usually assigned 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).