Employment Policies and Resources

Graduate students may be employed as Graduate Student Researchers, Teaching Assistants, Teaching Associates, Readers or Tutors.  Students earn a salary and, depending on the type of employment, may have all or part of their fees paid as a benefit. Please refer to Registrar’s site for the Schedule of Fees/Tuition.  

A. Graduate Division Employee Experience Center (EEC) Support

Please submit a ticket thru Graduate Division Employee Experience Center (EEC) Support for various requests or exceptions. Form(s) can be downloaded under Faculty and Staff. For specific deadlines, please refer to the Student and Administrator Deadlines form.

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B. UCPath and Direct Deposit

The salary earned by graduate students for employment is paid from UCPath. With UCPath, employees can view personnel and pay information, sign up for direct deposit, update tax withholdings, and more. Direct deposit is highly encouraged for all graduate student emloyees. Please visit How to Manage your Direct Deposit and UCPath Graduate FAQs for more information. 

Note: Fellowship stipends are not paid from UCPath. Fellowship stipends are paid via Graduate Division’s financial system and issued to students through SBS (Student Billing System). Stipends processed by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships are also paid through SBS. Fellowship stipend direct deposit is setup thru your ZOT Account by clicking the “Electronic Refunds” link in the navigation side bar. 

C. Service Limitation

Employment of graduate students may not, in any combination, exceed 50% time during the academic quarter. Between quarters and during the summer recess, employment may be increased to 100% time. For more information regarding intersession dates, please visit the Registrar’s website, Quarterly Academic Calendar 2023-24.

In cases where employment beyond 50% time is deemed advisable by both the academic department and hiring department, an exception must be approved by the Graduate Dean.  Please refer to Instructions for Beyond 50% Employment

D. Career Employees

Career employees are also eligible for the Employee Reduced Fee Program. Students, who are career employees at UCI, UCI Medical Center, or another University of California campus, are eligible for a two-thirds reduction of the Student Services fee, the University Tuition and Fees, and campus-based fees. Find more information on the Registrar’s website

E. Employment Tools 

The Employment Tools document provides a single location for policies, procedures, processes, and other information related to the employment of graduate students. For further details regarding graduate student employment policies, procedures, or guidelines, please see Section IV of Graduate Policies and Procedures

F. Student Title Salary Scales

This document provides information on student pay rates.

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