Students earn wages in exchange for instructional, administrative, or research services in a graduate assistantship. Wages are not a form of stipend.

Assistantship wages for GTAs and GRAs are paid on a bi-weekly schedule using the University’s payroll system. Of the twenty-six bi-weekly pay periods, ten occur during the fall term, ten occur during the spring term, and six occur during the summer. Federal Work Study employees are also paid on a bi-weekly schedule.

The wage payment schedule for students receiving wages as a Federal Work Study employee or as a Graduate Assistant can be found at https://payroll.vpfinance.virginia.edu/academic-payroll-and-leave-calendar under the payroll calendar for the appropriate year. The ‘payroll payment date’ listed in the bi-weekly payroll table is the date by which you should see your paycheck in your bank account.