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Summer Assistantships

Due to the highly flexible and varied nature of academic activities during the summer term, greater flexibility in graduate assistantship assignments is allowed in the summer than in the fall and spring terms, as described below.
Work Hours
  • In general, graduate assistants should be expected to work an average of 20 hours per week during the time they are appointed to a graduate assistantship. However, some assistantships in the summer term may require longer work hours during short time periods or shorter work hours during long time periods.
  • Summer graduate assistants may hold any combination of assistantships and hourly worker positions on campus during the summer as long as their total work hours do not exceed 240 hours for the summer term. The "100-hour rule" does not apply in the summer term.
Stipends
  • Graduate assistant stipends in the summer must meet or exceed the WVU minimum stipend currently in effect for 9-month assistantships, prorated appropriately. The current WVU minimum stipend is $12,400 for 9 months, which equals a bi-monthly stipend of $689 for 20 hours per week or approximately $17.22 per hour (based on 240 hours of work during the summer). Summer stipends also should not greatly exceed the stipend rate provided during the regular academic year for similar work. 
  • A graduate assistantship must pay at least the equivalent of one month of the WVU minimum 9-month stipend (currently $1378) to qualify a student for a University tuition waiver during the summer. 
  • Graduate assistantships in the summer should be similar to assistantships during the fall and spring terms with respect to the type of work required and other considerations in this section on Graduate Assistantship Policies. Graduate students hired primarily for clerical, manual, or similar work that does not contribute to their professional skills and knowledge should be hired as hourly workers.
  • See the section on Summer Enrollment Guidelines concerning enrollment requirements for summer graduate assistants.