1. When do I get paid?
If you are a GSI, you will receive pay on the 1st of each month.

2. How will I be paid?
If you have been newly hired as a student employee, your first pay amount will ALWAYS be in the form of a paycheck. If you are a rehire, and there is no break in service, your direct deposit information will normally carry over to your current appointment.

3. How can I sign up for direct deposit?
Once your appointment is active, you may sign up ONLINE in UCPath. You will use your CALNET ID and passphrase to log in. Once you have logged in, navigate to Employee Actions > Income and Taxes > Direct Deposit and follow the instructions. Please review your entry afterwards to ensure your information is accurate.

4. Will direct deposit become effective immediately?
Please note that although your information will be saved in the system immediately, UCPath needs to verify your account with your banking institution before beginning direct deposit. This can take up to 30 days. Depending on the timing of your enrollment and pay cycle, you may receive a paper paycheck in the interim period while UCPath is verifying your account.

5. Am I eligible for a partial or full fee remission?

  • If you are a graduate student, you may be eligible for partial fee remission if you have a GSR appointment of 25-44% time, or a combination of GSI, Reader, and/or Tutor appointments of 25% time or more.
  • If you are an undergraduate student, you may be eligible for partial fee remission if you hold a GSI appointment of 25% time or more. Undergraduate Reader and Tutor appointments are not eligible for fee remission.
  • Only graduate students with a GSR appointment of 45% time or more are eligible for full fee remission.
6. What does the fee remission include?
The fee remission CAN include University Registration Fee, Educational Fee, Health Insurance Fee, Berkeley Campus Fee, Class Pass (AC Transit) Fee, and Nonresident Tuition Fee. For a more detailed description of fee remission types:
http://www.grad.berkeley.edu/policies/pdf/fee_remission_bulletin.pdf

7. When will fee remission take effect?
Once your appointment has been entered into UCPath, it will take approximately 10-14 business days for the remission to take effect. If you have filled out the appropriate paperwork and still do not see the fee remission on your bill after 21 business days, please contact Hamilton Chang in 395 Soda Hall, 642-0544.

8. What if I paid my tuition already?
Your account will be reimbursed within a few weeks once your appointment has been entered into UCPath for the type of fee remission you are eligible for.

9. Who do I contact if I have accrued late fees?
If you have accrued late fees on your registration and you have a student appointment with EECS, contact Hamilton Chang.

10. Is there a GSR supplementation?
Yes, since the GSI salary is substantially lower than the GSR rate, students who are U.S Citizens and Permanent Residents and who are assigned to a Research Advisor may be eligible for a GSR supplementation of 9%, contingent upon their Professors funding.

11. Who do I need to contact about GSR supplementation?
The process is initiated by contacting your Professor’s (RSO) Research Service Officer regarding the supplementation. If you are eligible and your Professor has agreed to cover it, the RSO will forward the request to the ERSO-HR dept for processing.

12. I received a letter about Non-resident tuition fee, does the hiring unit handle this?
We do not handle NRT fees, you will need to contact your departmental Staff Graduate Advisor.

13. How do GSI appointments work for undergraduate candidates?
Your appointment is contingent upon the dean’s approval from the graduate division office. To be proposed for appointments as GSIs, undergraduate candidates must:

  • Be registered in the semester in which they are teaching;
  • Be enrolled in the minimum number of units approved by your college by the end of the third week of classes;
  • Have upper division status when they begin teaching;
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.1 or higher; and
  • Have taken the course for which they are being appointed, its equivalent, or a more advanced course, and have received for that course a grade of A- or better.
14. Are there additional requirements for Non-native English speakers?
Appointees who do not speak English as a native language must satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement before they can teach. For details on this requirement, contact the GSI Teaching & Resource Center (2-4456).