If your work for the university involves academic research, classroom or laboratory instructional or support duties, tutoring, or other duties that are academic in nature, you should be assigned to a student academic job profile.
These are the Undergraduate Student Academic job profiles:
- U0066 Tutor (Undergraduate)
- U0070 Undergraduate Assistant
- U0095 Undergraduate Research Assistant
These are the Graduate Student Academic job profiles:
- G0045 Assistant Instructor
- G0061 - G0063 Teaching Assistant
- G0064 Tutor (Graduate)
- G0065 Academic Assistant
- G0071 Graduate Assistant
- G0090 Graduate Research Assistant
The compensation rates for student academic titles are established each year by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. In addition, Assistant Instructors, and Teaching Assistants, and Graduate Research Assistants are 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 are paid on a semester basis. The TRB replaces the Tuition Assistance Benefit for AIs and TAs and tuition remission for GRAs.
Students holding academic positions also may be eligible for certain benefits, including resident tuition entitlement and employee insurance benefits for graduate students in academic titles. Further information is available on the Student Employee Benefits page. If you have questions about the assignment process, please contact the HR representative in the department where you work.
This chart provides an overview of the minimum enrollment requirements for student jobs. For an overview of the university’s limits on work hours in student positions, please see this summary.
Undergraduate Student Academic Employment
The following guidelines apply to employment in the three undergraduate academic job profiles:
Graduate Student Academic Employment
For detailed information about graduate student academic employment, please see the Graduate School website. The following are some of the rules that apply to graduate students employed in student academic titles:
- To work in a graduate academic job profile, you must be currently enrolled in the university, be in good academic standing, be making satisfactory progress toward your graduate degree, and meet these additional requirements:
- To be eligible for a fall or spring semester assignment, you must be enrolled in at least 9 semester credit hours for that semester.
- To be eligible for a summer assignment, you must be enrolled in at least 3 semester credit hours during any term of the summer session. The Graduate School has Guidelines for Summer Employment of Graduate Students.
- A graduate student’s total employment in a student job title at UT Austin may not exceed 20 hours per week during the first two long sessions of graduate study at the university, and 30 hours per week during the subsequent semesters, including summer (for exceptions, see Guidelines for Summer Employment for Graduate Student Employees). During long sessions (fall and spring semesters), international students may not exceed 20 hours per week without the approval of the Texas Global and the graduate dean. For further guidelines on hours of employment, please see the Graduate School website.
- The following exceptions to the 20/30 rule apply: During a long session in which they are enrolled, graduate students may be employed in student job titles up to a maximum of 40 hours per week during the 5 days of Spring Break, the 30 days of Winter Break, and the end of the spring semester, after the last day of finals.
If you have questions about whether and how you qualify for graduate student academic employment, you may contact the Graduate School.
Finding a Student Academic Job
If you are a prospective student or are admitted to the university and are looking for a student academic job, you should work with your home department’s HR staff or Graduate Coordinator to find out about academic jobs in the department. Faculty and staff in the departments will know what jobs are available and are in charge of placement in those jobs.
You may also want to check the HireUTexas Job Bank. Student academic jobs may be posted there, along with on-campus and off-campus non-academic jobs. Graduate Students can sign up to get notices using the Graduate Student Campus Jobs Listserv.
Here are some of the official university policies relating to student academic titles: