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Appointment Periods and FTE Information

Appointment Period

Appointment Period Start Date End Date
Full Fiscal Year 07/01/2022 06/30/2023
Fall Only Fiscal 07/01/2022 12/31/2022
Spring Only Fiscal 01/01/2023 06/30/2023
Full Academic Year 08/15/2022 05/21/2023
Fall Only Semester 08/15/2022 01/01/2023
Spring Only Semester 01/02/2023 05/21/2023

FTE and Appointment Period Information

GAs are appointed. As such, their reported hours may not be reduced in most cases. During periods where a GA is concurrently enrolled, total on-campus appointment may not exceed 26.4 hours per week (0.66 FTE). International GAs on F-1 or J-1 visas are subject to additional restriction: their appointment may not exceed 20 hours per week (0.50 FTE) while they are concurrently enrolled.

GAs appointed at 0.66 FTE cannot be compensated over their FTE except during winter or summer.  GAs appointed at less than 0.66 that work hours above their designated FTE must be paid via supplemental compensation. A GA may also hold multiple appointments so long as the total FTE does not exceed the restrictions.

A GA on an academic contract is not required to perform duties while classes are not in session (ex. before the start of classes, after finals, winter break, spring break), unless the student and department agree (preferably in writing) about this prior to the appointment start date. If the student and department have agreed to additional duties, requiring additional pay, please see the section on supplemental compensation.

The University of Arizona has approved four possible FTE’s and maximum payable hours for GAs.

FTE Hours Per Pay Period
0.25 20.0 (10 per week)
0.33 26.4 (13.2 per week)
0.50 40.0 (20 per week)
0.66 52.8 (26.4 per week)

Minimum Stipends

The University of Arizona Graduate College sets a minimum stipend for GA positions. This amount is for a 9 month .50FTE position. The stipend should be prorated for longer or shorter contracts, and contracts of FTE less than .5. 

  • For the Academic Year 2022-2023, the minimum stipend is $20,000.00.
  • For the Academic Year 2023-2024, the minimum stipend is $21,750.00

This amount is only a minimum. Colleges are welcome to set their own rates, so long as they do not go below the annual mandatory minimum. Issues such as market, program quality, as well as UArizona / College / Department strategic goals should all factor into the decision about what the rates should be. 

This number is calculated from the amount that the US State Department currently requires (for Fall 2022) in order to issue a visa to an international student living in Tucson. It is a combination of the minimum cost of living in Tucson plus money to pay for the mandatory fees of grad students.


Last updated 27 Jul 2022