Type of Policy
Administrative
Policy No
11.1
Effective Date
Review Date
Policy Owner
Human Resources
Contact Name
Diana Robert
Contact Title
Student Employment Manager
Contact Email
diana.robert@gatech.edu
Policy Statement

A student employee is a part-time employee who is currently enrolled in at least a half-time credit load (6 credit hours for undergraduates, 4 credit hours for graduates) at Georgia Tech with the primary goal of achieving a degree. A student employee is considered a temporary employee and is not eligible for benefits. It is allowable to hire enrolled students within the University System of Georgia; however, contact the Office of Human Resources for more information.

Procedures

There are three categories in which a student can be classified; Graduate, Undergraduate, and Co-op described below:

  1. Graduate: Graduate Students can be classified as Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs), Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs) and Graduate Assistants. GRAs, GTAs and GSAs are typically hired by the graduate schools to perform assistantships that are related with the student’s degree. Graduate Assistants can be hired to perform tasks within a department such as clerical support, web development, etc. Please refer to the policy on Hour Loads for Graduate Students. In addition, contact the Graduate Studies Office and the Office of Academic Affairs for more information regarding appointment of and approvals for hiring GRAs, GTAs, and GSAs.
  2. Undergraduate: Undergraduate students are considered Student Assistants. They can perform many jobs within an office such as clerical support, web development, etc. Undergraduate students may qualify for Federal Work Study.
  3. Co-op: Co-op students are those students who are currently in a Co-op work semester. For more information regarding the Co-op program, contact the Undergraduate or Graduate Co-op offices.

Funding

Funding for student positions is allocated within each department each fiscal year. Departments pay 100% of the student’s salary unless the student has been approved for a Federal Work-Study Award.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP) is a federally funded financial aid program offered to students that have a demonstrated financial need. If a student qualifies for the Federal Work-Study Program, a department can hire the student as a FWS Student Assistant. The FWSP will pay a portion of the student’s salary up to the allocated award and the department pays the remainder. For more information regarding the FWS Program, refer to policy on Federal Work-Study Program.

International Students

International students that have an F-1 or J-1 student visa are eligible to work anywhere on campus as a student employee. The following conditions must be met:

  • F-1 and J-1 students must maintain a full course load of study in the Fall or Spring unless authorized by OIE to be less than full-time.
  • F-1s must have a Georgia Tech I-20; J-1s must have a Georgia Tech DS-2019.
  • The international student can work no more than 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters, but can work more than 20 hours per week during the Summer semester and breaks between the semesters provided that s/he intends to enroll in the next term. However, students who are transferring to a new school may work on-campus until the date that their I-20 is released to the new school.

Allowable Work Hours

Generally, during an enrolled semester or summer, students should work no more than 20 hours per week or 50% time. There are exceptions to this rule, especially during break or summer periods (if not enrolled for the summer). Students cannot be appointed greater than a total of 100% time.

International students holding an F-1 or J-1 visa cannot work more than 20 hours per week, or 50% time. Please refer to the ISSP office for questions regarding changes in F-1 or J-1 status and how it may affect employment. International students holding an F-1 or J-1 visa cannot work more than 20 hours per week, or 50% time during the Fall and Spring semesters. F-1 and J-1 students can work more than 20 hours in the summer or during semester breaks. Please refer to the Office of International Education for questions regarding changes in F-1 or J-1 status and how it may affect employment.

For graduate students, refer to policy 11.5 on Hour Loads for Graduate Students.

Breaks/Vacation (including summer)

Students can work full time as Student Assistants or Graduate Assistants during break and summer session (if not enrolled), provided that s/he was enrolled in the previous term of the break period and will be enrolled in the following term of the break period.