Pay (rates, dates and paychecks)

Receiving Paychecks

If you teach, TA, or work at UCSC during the rest of the year:

  • Your check will be delivered to the same place as fall, winter, and spring.
  • Your direct deposit continues in summer too.
  • To change these options, log into your At Your Service- change an address of delivery or set up direct deposit.

If you are working here only for Summer Session:

  • Direct deposit is the fastest, most secure way to receive your paycheck.  More information about direct deposit can be found on the Payroll Department’s website.
  • If you choose not to receive direct deposit, your paycheck will be delivered to the Summer Session Office - 140 Hahn.  We'll contact you as soon as it arrives and hold it safely until you can get it.

Payment Dates

  • Session 1 instructors - full pay August 1
  • Session 2 instructors - full pay August 30
  • Summer Academy classes - full pay August 30
  • 8wk - half August 1, half August 30
  • 10wk - half August 1, half August 30

If you have questions about your paycheck deductions, dependents you claimed, retirement, etc. please contact Payroll at or 831-459-2488. Summer Session staff are unable to answer payroll-related questions.

Summer Salary

Senate and Non-Senate Faculty, Lecturers, and other Instructors

  • Salary is calculated per-course 
  • Instructors' rate is 1/9 (11.11%) of annual salary as of June 30 of the calendar year in which Summer Session begins
  • Instructors may teach more than 1 course - paychecks will reflect the sum of the courses’ salaries
  • Summer quarter teaching load maximum is 15 credits total
  • Term teaching load maximum is 10 credits per 5-week term
  • Co-taught courses pay each instructor half of their per-course rate

For more information on summer salary rates and policies, contact the Academic Human Resources Office in the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Graduate Student Instructors

Graduate Student Instructors are hired using the appropriate 'Associate In' or 'Teaching Fellow' title codes. 

  • Associate In pay rate will be $4,953 per 5-credit course, $1,982 per 2-credit course
  • Teaching Fellow pay rate is $5,543 per 5-credit course, $2,217 per 2-credit course

Associate In and Teaching Fellows are paid 1/9th of the annual rate.  Because AIs and TFs are represented, pay rates are negotiated as part of the bargaining contract.  Annual pay rates can be found in the salary scales on the APO web page.

If a graduate student advances to candidacy (moving from an Associate In rank to a Teaching Fellow), the department is responsible for notifying the Academic Human Resources Team at  Notification is required by June 15 to reissue a revised Summer Session appointment letter and ensure appropriate pay for the first Summer Session.

Instructors Teaching Courses under 5 Credits

Summer Session offers very few courses less than 5 credits, including a small number of 3, 2, and 1 credit classes and labs. Effective Summer Session 2018, compensation for courses under 5 credits will be proportionate to the number of credits offered. Summer Session teaching compensation remains based upon the annual salary rate in effect as of June 30 of the calendar year in which the Summer Session begins. The following annual rates will be applied based on the number of credits offered:

  • 4 credit - 8.88%
  • 3 credit - 6.66%
  • 2 credit - 4.44%
  • 1 credit - 2.22%

This change aligns Summer Session practices with other UC Summer Sessions and helps manage our instructional budget allocation.

Summer Session courses that are less than five (5) credits will be prorated at a rate of 2.22% times the number of course credits.  If you think that this calculation results in too low a workload rate (and associated salary rate) for a particular course/lab/section based on the assigned and/or expected duties and responsibilities of the instructor of record, a request for an exception may be submitted in writing to the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, routed through the Director of Summer Session, Monica Parikh (  This request must come from the course-sponsoring unit (department or college) and include a rationale detailing why the course/lab/section warrants a higher salary (e.g. large summer enrollment, extensive course preparation, outreach, or curriculum development, etc.).  Also, include the number of credits that you think should be used to calculate the corresponding compensation rate. For each summer, these are due along with the Call for Courses: the Wednesday before Thanksgiving closure. 

For each summer, these must be received by November 22.


  • Please see our “Purchasing for your course” page. All Summer Session purchasing must go through our purchasing channels.  Pre-approval is required.  

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