Effective July 1, graduate assistants will receive a 2-percent pay increase, according to an email sent out by the Graduate School on Tuesday. This increase is a response to the graduate assistant union filed in December 2018 and applies to teaching, research and general assistants in the university’s graduate program.

The increase was approved by Chancellor Randy Pembrook.

All graduate students who qualify for the increase will be notified via email within the next week.

To qualify, students must hold an approved graduate assistantship position contract for Summer or Fall 2019.

With the raise, the maximum full-time semi-monthly salary base for individuals with appointments of 25, 37.5 and 50 percent will be $3,394.56. These appointments are based on the number of hours graduate assistants are required to work, with 50 percent being the maximum 20 hours per week and 25 percent being 10 hours per week.

The maximum semi-monthly stipend amount for 25-percent appointments will be $848.64, for 37.5 percent it will be $1,272.96, and for 50-percent appointments, the amount will be $1,697.28.

According to Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Jerry Weinberg, graduate stipends have not been adjusted for cost of living increases since before 2010, prior to him taking over his position.

To see if they qualify, students can visit https://www.siue.edu/policies/4a3.shtml. For more information, they can contact the Graduate School by phone at 618-650-3010 or by visiting their office Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Rendleman Hall Room 2215.  

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