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Graduate Research Assistants

  • Your employment supervisor is your research advisor
  • You are paid one month behind for work performed (you get paid on October 1 for work performed in the month of September)
  • If you are benefits-eligible, you are eligible for free medical insurance from UT Select and may opt to pay an out-of-pocket premium to add dental and vision insurance
  • As an employee, you are eligible for a non-resident tuition waiver. If you are not a resident of Texas, you must request the waiver every semester
  • Your resident tuition is funded 100% by your research advisor
  • GRAs should contact their lab's research administrator for questions about their employment and benefits

Teaching Assistants

  • Your employment supervisor is the instructor of the course to which you are assigned
  • You are paid one month behind for work performed (you get paid on October 1 for work performed in the month of September)
  • If you are benefits-eligible, you are eligible for free medical insurance from UT Select and may opt to pay an out-of-pocket premium to add dental and vision insurance
  • As an employee, you are eligible for a non-resident tuition waiver. If you are not a resident of Texas, you must request the waiver every semester
  • Your resident tuition is funded 100% by the Office of the Provost
  • TAs should contact the graduate coordinator for questions about their employment and benefits

Fellows - 100% funded by fellowships

This section applies to students on full fellowships from the Cockrell School of Engineering, the Graduate School, and those external fellowships that are administrated by the Graduate School or departments, such as NSF and NIH F31.

  • You are typically paid one month in advance (you get paid on September 1 for living expenses in the month of September)
  • Full fellows are eligible to purchase UT Select, but are not eligible for premium sharing. Most fellows purchase insurance through AcademicBlue (Student Health Insurance Plan), as it is much more affordable. Fellowships at UT that include a stipend to purchase health insurance will almost always be at the rate of the student plan through AcademicBlue. 
  • Fellows should contact the graduate coordinator for questions about their fellowships

Gap Insurance

Students transitioning from a full fellowship to a benefits-eligible employment position will need to purchase gap insurance. The AcademicBlue plan has coverage dates of 8/15-8/14 each academic year, while UT Select has coverage dates of 9/1-8/31 each year. Here's an example:

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