Appointment Periods and FTE Information

Appointment Period

Appointment Period Start Date End Date
Full Fiscal Year 07/01/2024 06/30/2025
Fall Only Fiscal 07/01/2024 12/31/2024
Spring Only Fiscal 01/01/2025 06/30/2025
Full Academic Year 08/19/2024 05/25/2025
Fall Only Semester 08/19/2024 01/05/2025
Spring Only Semester 01/06/2025 05/25/2025

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.

Every attempt should be made to have GAs enrolled for at least six (6) graduate units BEFORE their appointment start dates.  This is especially important for fiscal GAs as any hours worked without proper enrollment move them towards Arizona State Retirement enrollment.

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)