Frequently Asked Questions Regarding GSI Appointments
When do I get paid?
If you are a GSI, you will receive pay on the 1st of each month.
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.
What if I already have direct deposit set up with UCB?
Our department payroll system is not linked to CARS billing. You will need to sign up for direct deposit through our department.
Can I opt for direct deposit?
Yes, you have the opportunity to sign up for direct deposit when you fill out your paperwork at 199M Cory Hall. Please bring in a voided check. You may also sign up ONLINE at http://blu.berkeley.ed. You will use your CALNET ID and pass phrase to log in. Once you logged in, click on the PEOPLE link at the top of the page. Once you have done this, click on direct deposit, under the self service column and follow the instructions. Please review your entry afterwards to ensure your information is accurate.
Will direct deposit become effective immediately?
There is a 30 day waiting period for Central Payroll to link your bank information into their system.
Am I eligible for a partial or full fee remission?
Graduate Student Instructors (GSI.s), Graduate Student Researchers (GSR.s), Readers, and Tutors are eligible for a partial or full fee remission (between 25% and 100%), if you are a graduate student. If you are a UG GSI, you are also eligible to receive partial fee remission.
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
When will fee remission take effect?
Once we have entered your information into our HR and Payroll system, 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 CARS bill after 21 business days, please contact Becky Frazer. We are located in 395 Soda Hall, 642-9044 or 642-0544.
What if I paid my tuition already?
Your CARS account will be reimbursed within a few weeks once your appointment has been entered into our payroll system for the type of fee remission you are eligible for.
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 Becky Frazier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).