Still not convinced TUGSA makes a difference? Just compare our current contract with previous ones and see for yourself the impact TUGSA has made on your life.
The current contract governs all graduate student with some form of a graduate assistantship during the 2014-2018 academic years.
Currently, there are three levels of graduate student compensation. Note that these numbers only serve as a base compensation figure; that is, the stipend is a minimum compensation amount.
2016-17 Academic Year
Natural Sciences: $18,285
Education, Business, Social Sciences & Health: $17,604
Arts & Humanities: $16,927
2017-18 Academic Year
Natural Sciences: $18,697
Education, Business, Social Sciences & Health: $18,000
Arts & Humanities: $17,308
(The stipend is the same for teaching and research assistantships and is prorated based on the assignment.)
TUGSA is looking to eliminate this stipend disparity for the upcoming contract. But we need your help! CLICK HERE to become a dues-paying member and become involved in TUGSA.
All graduate assistantships with some form of assistantship receive a twelve-month health insurance subsidy. For full-time graduate assistants with no dependents, the subsidy is enough to fully cover the premium level of healthcare insurance. Note that the healthcare insurance period begins September 1st and runs through August 31st. All graduate assistants (new or incumbent) must sign up for health insurance in August to receive or continue receiving health insurance. For more information, regarding the healthcare subsidy and options available, CLICK HERE.
Sick Leave: Graduate assistants are granted three (3) sick days per semester. (Note that these sick days expire at the end of a semester.)
Maternity Leave: Graduate assistants are granted five (5) consecutive calendar days for either the birth of a child or the adoption of a child.
Funeral Leave: Graduate assistants are granted four (4) consecutive calendar days to attend the funeral of an immediate family member (spouse, domestic partner, father, mother, legal guardian, child, sister or brother).
Jury Duty: Graduate assistants are entitled to full compensation on the day of jury duty (minus the jury duty compensation amount).
Military Leave: Graduate assistants serving military duty are guaranteed their position for the length of their contract.
Excess Sick, Maternity and Funeral Leave: Graduate assistants who need more time than the amount allocated under paid leave will be guaranteed their position for the length of their contract.