GSI 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.

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 a direct deposit, your paycheck will be delivered after payday to your home address listed in UCPath via the US Postal Service.
  • If you have moved and are receiving a paper paycheck, please update your address on UCPath.
    • Go to Employee Actions
    • Click on Personal Information
    • Click on Personal Information Summary

Payment Dates

  • Session 1 instructors - full pay August 1
  • Session 2 instructors - full pay September 1
  • 8wk - half August 1, half September 1
  • 10wk - half August 1, half September 1

During the summer, students who are U.S. citizens, Permanent Resident Aliens, and Resident Alien (for tax purposes), are not exempt from DCP Safe Harbor and Medicare Deductions. For more information regarding Safe Harbor and Medicare deduction please visit the Career Center website, General Employment Information.

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

Pay Rate

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

  • Associate In pay rate will be $5,412 per 5-credit course and $2,165 per 2-credit course*
  • Teaching Fellow pay rate is $6,057 per 5-credit course and $2,423 per 2-credit course*

*These rates are pre-tax.

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 ue-ahr@ucsc.edu.  Notification is required by June 15 to reissue a revised Summer Session appointment letter and ensure appropriate payment for the first Summer Session.

If a graduate student completes their degree (moving from a GSI rank to a lecturer title), the department is responsible for (1) ensuring compliance and (2) notifying the Academic Human Resources Team at ue-ahr@ucsc.edu.  Notification is required by June 15 to reissue a revised Summer Session appointment letter and ensure appropriate payment for the first Summer Session. 

During the summer, students who are U.S. Citizens, Permanent Resident Aliens, and Resident Alien (for tax purposes) are not exempt from DCP Safe Harbor and Medicare Deductions. For more information regarding Safe Harbor and Medicare deduction, please visit the Career Center website, General Employment Information.

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. 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%

*These rates are pre-tax

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

Faculty Mentor

The appointing unit agrees to provide faculty oversight and mentoring to the GSI/TA.

At a minimum, this entails appointing a faculty member who will:
  1. Oversee the course description, reading list, and submission of final grades and optional narrative evaluations.
  2. Review the last three sets of student evaluations for the appointee and meet prior to the beginning of the course to discuss any issues.
  3. Meet with the GSI before instruction begins to discuss course content, pedagogy, logistics, tests and assignments, grading and evaluation, and the faculty code of conduct.
  4. Conduct one class visit and follow-up meeting with the GSI within the first third of the teaching quarter.
  5. Meet again with the GSI and with the TA(s) (if any) in the second half of the quarter to discuss how the course is going. Be available to discuss matters related to the course throughout the quarter.
  6. Act as formal supervisor of any TAs associated with the course. This includes ensuring that the TAs are given reasonable assignments by the GSI and confirming that the TAs do their jobs. If the department expects the instructor to evaluate the TAs, then being the supervisor also includes ensuring the assessment is done properly by the GSI.
  7. Provide a short-written assessment of the GSI's employment performance, excluding evaluation of the GSI's own academic work. This evaluation will be included in the GSI's Employment File. CCI recommends that these evaluations should be kept internally within the division and/or department.

NOTE: The appointing unit must communicate the evaluation criteria and procedures for written employment evaluations to the GSI. New and revised criteria and procedures must be forwarded to the Labor Relations
Office for notification to the union upon request. Departments should maintain these records internally.

To ensure that each GSI can have regular access to the mentor's guidance and support, CEP asks that no more than eight GSIs be assigned to one mentor in a term unless the mentor is compensated or the service is recognized.

Union Represented

If you are assigned to any Academic Student Employee (ASE) title (Reader, Tutor, Teaching Assistant, Associate In, or Teaching Fellow), your appointment is covered by a Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the ASE/UAW establishes the terms and conditions of your employment. 

Reimbursement

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

Parking passes, bus passes, and gym passes