Hiring managers can find additional considerations to make when determining whether they should be hiring a Graduate Assistant vs. a Student Hourly.
Graduate Assistant/Project Assistant (Student Assistant)
- If a position description is written with duties that are more professional including program development, research, and writing, requiring the expertise of a graduate student the position would likely be more suited as a Graduate Assistant.
- Graduate Assistant positions at 33% FTE or above (depending on appointment duration) qualify for Tuition Remission. This benefit helps to alleviate the cost of tuition of the student and would be covered by the unit.
- The minimum stipend level for a Grad Assistant is $25,056 at 50% or $24.10 per hour.
- Depending on the FTE and appointment duration, leave will be given to the employee.
- Leave is tracked manually by the employee and supervisor and not entered in HRS or tracked there.
- Needs to meet an FTE every week.
Student Hourly (SH)
- If the duties do align with those mentioned under Graduate Assistant/Project Assistant and do not require the expertise of a graduate student, we should look toward hiring as a Student Hourly.
- Student Hourly appointments cannot require degrees (although they can prefer them) and they can be paid between $10 and $25 per hour and that rate choice is set by the employing department.
- Pay can be $10 – $25 per hour.
- Hours can vary and the employee can work up to 25 hours per week during the semester (or 20 hours/week for students on certain visas). Students can work up to 40 hours/week during the summer as long as the average of hours does not exceed 30/week.
- Degree requirement must be removed from job description or marked as preferred.
- SH jobs do not come with leave.