Compensation for Graduate Assistantships may not be less than the minimum stipend amount set by the Graduate Council each academic year. These minimum stipends are found in the Graduate Assistant Handbook.
Departments seeking to employ a Graduate Assistant (GA) outside of a GA appointment should contact the Employment Unit about the eligibility of the student they are considering employing. All requests for this type of employment must fall under either Student Employment or Graduate Extra Pay, and must be submitted prior to the student beginning work.
Compensation for services rendered by a graduate assistant on an irregular or one-time basis is considered extra pay. A graduate assistant can receive a maximum of one such payment each semester.
The appointing unit should verify that the student has notified the areas listed above of their SSN within the designated time frame and must notify Human Resources so the student's appointment paperwork can be updated and a paycheck can be processed.
If the student is unable to obtain a SSN in time to be issued their paycheck, the appointing unit can request an interest-free emergency loan from the Graduate School for up to 80 percent of the GA’s monthly stipend. To request a loan, contact the Employment Unit at (309) 438-8311.