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Student Employee Benefits

As a student employee of the university, you may be eligible for certain kinds of benefits. The charts on this page outline some of the benefits that may be available to you, depending on your student job title. Additional eligibility requirements, such as those explained in the notes to the charts, may apply. If you’re not sure what your job title is, ask your supervisor or the HR representative in the department where you work.

If you’re a graduate student academic employee who qualifies for the university’s employee insurance benefits, more information is available on the Insurance and Benefits page.

Benefits Eligibility for Student Employees

This chart outlines the benefits that may be available to student employees based on their employment in a position requiring student status (“student-status job”):

Student-Status Job Benefits

Benefit Student Academic Titles Student Non-Academic Titles
  Teaching Assistants
(Graduate academic title)
Assistant Instructors
(Graduate academic title)
Graduate Research Assistants
(Graduate academic title)
Academic Assistants, Assistants, Tutors
(Graduate academic title)
Undergraduate Research Assistants
(Undergraduate academic title)
Assistants, Tutors
(Undergraduate academic title)
 
Tuition reduction benefit 1 Eligible Eligible Eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
Tuition remission2 May be available at department discretion May be available at department discretion May be available at department discretion May be available at department discretion May be available at department discretion May be available at department discretion May be available at department discretion
Resident (in-state) tuition3 Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Not eligible

Notes:
1. Beginning in academic year 2013 - 2014, students employed as Teaching Assistants (TAs), Assistant Instructors (AIs), and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) are eligible for a tuition reduction benefit 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. Details of the tuition reduction benefit are available from the Graduate School.

2. Tuition remission is departmental payment of all or a portion of a student’s tuition bill. This payment is applied directly to the tuition bill. The student does not receive any funds directly. 

3. To qualify for a resident (in-state) tuition entitlement, a student must work in a student academic title at least 20 hours per week, be assigned to a monthly (not hourly) position, and have an assignment that runs at least from the 12th class day through the last class day for a long semester, or at least from the 4th class day through July 15, or from July 16 through the last class day for the summer. The position also must relate to the student’s degree program.

This chart outlines the eligibility of student employees working in student-status jobs for general staff benefits:

Staff Benefits

Benefit Student Academic Titles Student Non-Academic
Titles
  Teaching Assistants
(Graduate academic title)
Assistant Instructors
(Graduate academic title)
Graduate Research Assistants
(Graduate academic title)
Academic Assistants, Assistants, Tutors
(Graduate academic title)
Undergraduate Research Assistants
(Undergraduate academic title)
Assistants, Tutors
(Undergraduate academic title)
 
Employee insurance benefits1 Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
Paid annual leave Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
Paid sick leave 2 Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
Paid holiday leave 2 Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
Teacher Retirement System / Optional Retirement Program Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
Voluntary Retirement Programs Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible
State service credit Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible

Notes:
1. To be eligible for employee insurance benefits, a student must be assigned in a graduate-student academic title for at least 20 hours per week for at least 4.5 months. Special summer coverage rules apply.

2. For students in student academic titles, time off due to illness or during academic breaks is arranged in accordance with established practices of the hiring department (see Handbook of Operating Procedures 9-2010 –9-2040).