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.
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.