2015-2016 Student Academic Titles & Pay Rates
The compensation rates for student academic titles are established each fiscal year by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. There is an established salary range with a minimum and maximum amount that may be paid for each job title. Departmental pay practices normally determine how much is paid within the established range. Monthly and annual rates of pay are expressed as full-time rates—TAs are usually employed at half-time, or 20 hours per week.
Student Employee Benefits
As student employees of the university, TAs may be eligible for certain kinds of benefits. The charts on this page outline some of the benefits that may be available to TAs, as well as students in other job titles. Additional eligibility requirements, such as those explained in the notes to the charts, may apply.
Insurance & Benefits for Student Employees (including summer insurance for TAs)
Graduate students assigned to work in a student academic title for at least 20 hours a week for at least 4.5 months (135 calendar days) are eligible for the university’s employee group insurance benefits.
Tuition Reduction Benefit
Beginning in academic year 2013-2014, students employed as Teaching Assistants (TAs), Assistant Instructors (AIs), and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) have been eligible for a tuition reduction benefit (TRB) related to their student academic employment. The assistance amounts can vary based on the number of hours of the appointment and is paid on a semester basis. This benefit does not equal full tuition: in 2015-16 the difference between the TRB and 9-hour tuition for a COLA TA was $260/semester, with the College covering that difference.
Conditions for Student Employment
In this link, the Graduate School lays out the conditions that must be met in order for a student to be employed as a TA at The University of Texas at Austin. See also the Graduate School’s webpages on Academic & Non-Academic employment while enrolled in a graduate program at UT, which include information on the duration of employment limit (14 long semesters) and the limit on the number of weekly hours allowed for TA employment (30 or 20).
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
HealthPoint EAP strives to transform lives in order to improve personal and organizational effectiveness for the benefit of the entire UT community. EAP provides behavioral health expertise, promotes wellness, and develops solutions to life’s challenges by providing brief counseling and consultation services, crisis intervention, assessment and referral, educational and training programs, and supervisory consultation.
College of Liberal Arts Human Resources
The College of Liberal Arts Human Resources office is headed by Gail Davis. She and her staff may be of help in matters concerning the terms of employment, although these are usually handled by departmental administration.