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If you are to be employed as a TA or GRA, you must:

  1. Register for full time hours (9 hours fall and spring; 3 hours summer) in the first registration access period (see your Registration Information Sheet for access times).
  2. Settle any uncovered fees or confirm attendance on your My Tuition Bill page. Look for the green "your registration is complete and your courses are secure" message.

Rules for 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 title, 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 International Office 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.
  • International graduate students may not work after their official graduation date, even if their assignment officially ends after the graduation date. 

Graduate Student Academic Employee Insurance

See the Employment, Fellowships and Insurance page for more information.

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