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    Graduate Assistants Student Assistants Federal Work Study

    Graduate Assistants

    General Requirements & Stipends

    To appoint a graduate student to any of the titles listed below, the following requirements must be met as set forth by the Graduate School:

    • The graduate student must be properly registered and working toward a graduate degree through the Graduate School
    • Appointees have no continuing contractual relationship with the university

    Note: Many of the academic regulations can be located under the Graduate Catalog – Graduate Academic Regulations and in the GA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

    To be considered a graduate assistant please follow the requirements below:

    1. Classification: Enrolled as a graduate student and have a classification of 7, 8, or 9.

    • Verify the Graduate Student Classification by checking numeric designation assigned in the GIMS system or Student Self-Service in myUFL
      • 7 – Graduate student has less than 36 hours of credits earned towards their graduate degree
      • 8 – 36 hours of credits earned, or student already has a master’s degree
      • 9 – Graduate student who has been admitted into doctoral candidacy

    2. Graduate Assistant Titles: Have the correct title based on job description.

    Starting titles for Graduate Assistants:

    • GA-T – have teaching responsibilities
    • GA-R – have research-related responsibilities
    • GA-G – have a mixture of both teaching and research responsibilities

    Promotional opportunities:

    • Graduate Teaching or Research Assistant – Completed 30 hours of graduate work (Promotion from Graduate Ast-R, -T, or –G)
    • Graduate Teaching or Research Associate – Student has completed most of the work leading to a doctorate (Promotion from Graduate Res or Tch Ast)
    • Senior Graduate Teaching or Research Associate – Student has completed most of the work leading to a doctorate (promotion from Graduate Teaching or Research Associate)

    3. Appointment dates must follow the academic calendar:

    4. GPA:

    • All graduate assistants must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA as a student.
    • Departments must petition the Graduate School if the GPA drops below this amount.

    5. Registration and FTE: Be registered for the correct number of credits per their assigned hours per week (FTE). Keep in mind the difference between an appointment for a U.S. Citizen and a Foreign National (this will be explained further in the Tuition Waiver Section).

    U.S. Citizens

    • Higher than a .74 FTE requires a petition from the Graduate School
    • Higher than a .80 total FTE is subject to FICA (Tax Services)

    Foreign Nationals

    • Only a total FTE of .50 is allowed during the fall and spring semesters
    • May reach a 1.0 FTE in the summer semesters or when classes are not in session
    • Foreign nationals with a W-9 are treated like U.S. Citizens. However, the FTE minimums previously stated still apply

    Best practice is to hire the Graduate Assistant between a .25 – .74 FTE, as anything above or below this will need a Graduate School petition for approval.

    6. Minimum Salary by FTE (effective January 1, 2022):

    9-Month Appointments (19.5 Pay Periods)

    FTE

    Annual

    Bi-Weekly

    1.0

    $ 34,000.00

    $ 1,743.59

    .50

    $ 17,000.00

    $ 871.79

    .33

    $ 11,220.00

    $ 575.38

    .25

    $ 8,500.00

    $ 435.90

     

    12- Month Appointments (26.1 Pay Periods)

    FTE

    Annual

    Bi-Weekly

    1.0

    $ 45,507.70

    $ 1,743.59

    .50

    $ 22,753.85

    $ 871.80

    .33

    $ 15,017.54

    $ 575.38

    .25

    $ 11,376.93

    $ 435.90

    Create Letter of Appointment

    Letter of Appointment

    The letter of appointment is a contract between the University of Florida and the graduate assistant. It ensures both parties understand what is expected of the position, including, but not limited to the duties, compensation, employment length, and that, if they are at a .25 FTE or higher, they are eligible to enroll in GatorGradCare, which they have the responsibility to enroll in within 60 days of their hire date.

    Instructions:

    • Select the appropriate letter of appointment template from the Appointment Letter Library
    • Read the instructions at the top of the template
    • Fill in all highlighted fields on the template with the correct information and remove template instructions
    • Ensure that the dates of employment, compensation rate, and title match the ePAF
    • Have employee sign and date the letter of appointment

    Rehires

    When rehiring a graduate student away from their original department within two academic semesters, they will need to receive the same pay rate unless there is a change in FTE, duties, or responsibilities. This does not apply after two semesters.

    Gather Required Documents

    Required Documents for a Graduate Assistant. See New Hire Checklist for More Information.

    Key Hiring Documents:

    • I-9 Supporting Documents (List of Acceptable Documents)
    • Copy of Social Security card for tax purposes if not already used for I-9
    • Notarized 2-in-1 Form
    • Signed Letter of Appointment by all parties

    This is not exhaustive, please make sure to check the New Hire Checklist.

    Additional Forms (if applicable):

    • Grad School Petitions for requests for any exceptions to current graduate education policies (such as GA appointments below .25 FTE or above .75 FTE).
    • Employment of Relatives if an employee will be working with someone within their household or a family member. This is typically restricted to within the same department or college but will also apply if their position can potentially come into contact with a family member in another department.
    Enter Appointment in the System

    Confirm Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications:

    • Verify student’s UFID and check for duplicates
    • Review the student’s classification and title qualification
      • This numeric designation is assigned by the Graduate School in the GIMS System for different categories of graduate students
    • Check the overall GPA is 3.0 or higher, or petition the Graduate School if the student’s GPA does not meet the minimum requirement
    • Review the minimum salaries based on FTE (see the General Requirements – Minimum Salary per FTE)
    • Assess the FTE total and review the key FTE requirements that must be met for US citizens and foreign nationals graduate students (see General Requirements – Registration and FTE)
    • Confirm the appointment type (9-month/12-month) and dates of appointment
    • Verify that the graduate assistant meets the (full-time) registration requirements and petition the Graduate School if they don’t. (For additional information on the requirements, see the Courses and Credits section of Graduate Catalog)

    Creating the ePAF:

    • In myUFL, navigate to: Departmental Administration > ePAF Home Page > Start a New EPAF
    • Select the link titled Hire an Employee and enter the necessary information for the ePAF
    • Upload all the appropriate hiring documentation to the ePAF
    Employment Changes

    Most Common Employment Changes

    During the Graduate Assistant appointment there might be some changes that will need to be processed, such as:

    • Rate change
      • A change in rate will require a change in duties or responsibilities with a new signed letter of appointment or addendum letter attached to the ePAF.
    • Change in FTE
      • All FTE changes must have corresponding and proportional changes in salary with a new signed letter of appointment or addendum letter attached to the ePAF.
      • To calculate proportionality, follow the below formula:
        • Old Annual Rate X New FTE / Old FTE = New Annual Minimum Rate
    • Change in title
      • Needs appropriate student classification and job responsibilities with a new signed letter of appointment or addendum letter attached to the ePAF.
    • Change in department ID (within the college) or supervisor
      • Does not require a new signed letter of appointment or addendum letter

    Leave of Absence

    Graduate assistants are entitled to six (6) weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period if they meet the eligibility criteria per the GAU bargaining agreement: Article 8.3 and 8.4. For more information on how to request this leave please review Graduate Assistant Leave of Absence Process.

    Terminations

    If a graduate assistant appointment will be terminated, the effective date needs to match the last day of the academic calendar. A termination date inconsistent with the academic calendar will kick out the student’s waiver and they will owe their full tuition.

    If you are terminating with an effective date that is not the end of the semester, please indicate the reason on the comments and provide documentation, if appropriate.

    Common termination reason codes for terminations:

    • ETJ – End of Temporary Job – traditional end of an appointment (GA09 or GA12)
    • RES – Resignation – graduate assistant is resigning from their appointment
      • This reason code will require a signed letter from the graduate student

    The Exit Checklist should be completed for all employees. It is also encouraged to have the employee complete an Exit Survey.

    Tuition Waivers

    UF Graduate Students that have an active appointment are eligible to receive a tuition waiver. This is entered by the department that will provide the tuition and/or fee waiver on the student financial account.

    Please review the UF Graduate Letters of Appointment Guide and the Tuition Waiver Troubleshooting Guide for more information on the process.

    Requirements for a Tuition Waiver:

    • Must be appointed as Graduate Assistant or Fellow with an active employment appointment (job data record)
    • A funding distribution for the waiver
    • Must be employed at least .25 FTE and stay employed according to applicable semester dates
    • The amount of enrolled credits that are covered by the tuition waiver depends on the Graduate Student’s FTE
    • Under “Registration Requirements”, review the Graduate Assistantship Tuition waiver and Registration Requirements chart

    Tuition Waiver Timeline:

    • The tuition waiver can be entered as early as the department wants, although it is recommended to do so as soon as the employee’s hire ePAF is approved
      • If for some reason the waiver cannot be entered early, it MUST be entered at least 2 business days prior to the fee payment deadline
      • If the waiver is not entered by the fee payment deadline, the Graduate student could be dropped from their registered courses, have a late fee assessed, and owe their tuition
    • If there are changes on the employment record during the semester, you will need to update the waiver to reflect all the correct information from the employment record
    • Each waiver is only available for updates during the active semester. Once the semester is over, changes cannot be made by the department and a manual waiver change will need to be requested
      • Best practice is to have all changes completed and updated at least two weeks before the end of the semester
    • For questions regarding waivers, please contact the Waiver Expert from your college
    Re-appointments

    Re-appointments occur when you extend the GA’s position another semester within the same department.

    • For a re-appointment, a job edit is entered with the new Letter of Offer attached
    • Effective date must be the start of the semester for the appointment
    Summer Appointments

    Summer and Short Work Break Files

    The summer appointment file is meant to provide an easier method to enter summer appointments only. This affects Graduate Assistants in the GA09 salary plan. The short work break file allows the employment record to remain active without payment, since that employee is not working during the summer break but will be returning in the fall. Departments do not have to take any action unless the person is being terminated at the end of the spring semester.

    Navigation to Files

    Short Work Break Report:

    myUFL.edu > Main Menu > Enterprise Analytics > Access Enterprise Analytics > Team Content > Human Resources Information > Workforce Information > Short Work Break – Return from Break Report

    Summer Appointments:

    myUFL.edu > Main Menu > Human Resources > Workforce Administration > Job Information > UF Summer Job Review

    Hiring

    Summer appointments are used as complementary appointments to Graduate Assistants that are hired in a GA09 appointment. During the summer, the GA09 appointment will automatically be placed on a short work break.

    Requirements:

    • The graduate assistant needs to be on a short work break
    • Summer letter of appointment template from the Appointment Letter Library
    • The effective date needs to match the academic dates for Summer A, B, or C
    • If the hire is for the same department and the Graduate Assistant will be performing the same duties as their GA09 appointments, the summer compensation must be proportional to their 9-month appointment.

    Terminations

    All summer appointments must be terminated once their summer assignment has concluded. These terminations will not be done automatically, and the department must submit an ePAF with the reason code ESA (End of Summer Appointment).

    Student Assistants

    Guidelines & Requirements

    General Guidelines

    In order to employ a Student Assistant, the student must:

    • Be registered in a UF degree seeking program for at least half time
    • Not perform graduate assistant duties (see p.3 of Principles for Employment for comparison of job duties)
    • Only be employed up to 20 hours a week

    If a student requests to work over 20 hours, they can work a maximum of 31 hours as long as an Hours Extension Form is completed.

    Understand that the student’s education goals are the main priority, and their Student Assistant position should not interfere.

    Requirements for New Hires

    When submitting the hire ePAF make sure you follow the New Hire Checklist and provide the required documents.

    ePAF approval may be delayed due to:

    • The OPS Application is not provided
    • The Identification submitted to support the I-9 is not provided
    • The student is not registered for at least half time
    • If the compensation rate is lower than the Florida minimum wage
    • The GatorStart packet is not completed

    Potential additional documents:

    Entering Appointment in the System

    Creating the ePAF

    • In myUFL, navigate to: Departmental Administration > ePAF Home Page > Start a New EPAF
    • Select the link titled Hire an Employee and enter the necessary information for the ePAF
    • Upload all the appropriate hiring documentation to the ePAF
    Employment Changes

    Common Employment Changes:

    • FTE updates – Hours Extension Form required if going over 20 hours
    • Pay updates – Pay Rate Justification Form required if going over double minimum wage
    • Switching to/from STAS and OPSN – Must be performed at the beginning of a pay period
    Terminations

    Since STAS is at-will employment, termination may occur at any time by employee or employer. 

    • STAS terminations are executed at level 1, and do not need approval from UFHR
    • The Exit Checklist should be completed for all employees. It is also encouraged to have the employee complete an Exit Survey
    Transfers

    When transferring an employee from another department, the best practice is to check with the other department first so that they are aware of the transfer.

    Another best practice is to make the transfer effective at the beginning of a pay period or pay week.

    Make sure that the student has been paid out completely from their previous job before being transferred to the new department.

    Salary Plan Transfers

    Be aware of the following guidelines:

    • STAS can be transferred to or from OPSN positions effective at the beginning of pay period
    • If you are transferring a STAS to an OPSN due to graduation, the transfer needs to be at the end of the academic semester due to their FICA status
      • Dates for STAS-> OPSN transfers will be announced in the EOR Newsletter
    • STAS can be transferred to GA appointments, but it cannot be transferred from a GA position.
      • In this case the GA position needs to be terminated and a new hire should be entered for the STAS

    Federal Work Study

    Guidelines & Requirements

    General Guidelines

    The purpose of Federal Work-Study (FWS) is to provide students with part-time employment to help meet college costs and, if possible, provide work experience in a related field.

    FWS is federally funded and need-based. Student eligibility is determined by information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These hire ePAFs are processed by the Student Financial Aid (FSA) Office.

    Please contact Student Financial Affairs at (352) 392-0296 for inquiries about these hires.

    Requirements for New Hires

    When submitting the hire ePAF make sure you follow the New Hire Checklist and provide the required documents.

    ePAF approval may be delayed due to:  

    • OPS Application is not provided
    • The Identification submitted to support the I-9 is not included
    • Any specific FWS documentation is not provided (check with SFA Office)
    Entering Appointment in the System

    Creating the ePAF

    • In myUFL, navigate to: Departmental Administration > ePAF Home Page > Start a New EPAF
    • Select the link titled Hire an Employee and enter the necessary information for the ePAF
    • Upload all the appropriate hiring documentation to the ePAF
    Employment Changes

    Common Employment Changes:

    • FTE updates – Hours Extension Form required if going over 20 hours
    • Pay updates – Pay Rate Justification Form required if going over double minimum wage
    • Switching to/from FWS and OPSN – Must be performed at the beginning of a pay period
    Terminations

    Since FWS is at-will employment, termination may occur at any time by employee or employer. 

    • FWS terminations are executed at level 1, and do not need approval from UFHR
    • The Exit Checklist should be completed for all employees. It is also encouraged to have the employee complete an Exit Survey
    Transfers

    When transferring an employee from another department the best practice is to check with the other department first so that they are aware.

    Be aware of the following guidelines:

    • FWS can be transferred to or from OPS positions effective at the beginning of pay periods
    • If you are transferring a Student Assistant to an OPSN due to graduation, the transfer needs to be at the end of the academic semester due to their FICA status
      • Dates for FWS-> OPSN transfers will be announced in the EOR Newsletter
    • FWS can be transferred to GA appointments, but it cannot be transferred from a GA position.
      • In this case the GA position needs to be terminated and a new hire should be entered for the STAS.