GE Salary and Benefits

Graduate Employee (GE) appointments at .20 FTE or greater include the following compensation package (with some exceptions in Summer): 

GE Salary

The UO and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) establish minimum salary rates through collective bargaining. The minimum rates are listed below; some hiring units are approved by the university to pay at higher rates. 

To calculate the actual gross monthly salary, multiply the 9-month base rate by the assigned FTE, and divide by 9.

2023-24: We are currently in a bargaining cycle with the GTFF. New salary rates will be determined upon completion of negotiations. In the meantime, GE salaries will continue at 2022-23 rates. 

2022-23 NINE-month base rate (minimums)

FTE Level I Level II Level III
1.0 FTE $35,010 $39,551 $41,762

2022-23 monthly Salary (Minimums)

FTE Level I Level II Level III
0.20 FTE $778.00 $878.91 $928.04
0.25 FTE $972.50 $1,098.64 $1,160.06
0.30 FTE $1,167.00 $1,318.37 $1,392.07
0.35 FTE $1,361.50 $1,538.09 $1,624.08
0.40 FTE $1,556.00 $1,757.82 $1,856.09
0.45 FTE $1,750.50 $1,977.55 $2,088.10
0.49 FTE $1,906.10 $2,153.33 $2,273.71

See GE Levels for eligibility requirements for each level and GE FTE/Workload for guidelines on converting FTE to total hours expected in the term.  

Pay Schedule

Salaries are paid on the last business day of each month. 

Appointment term Dates pay schedule
9-month (Fall, Winter, Spring) 9/16 - 6/15
  • Sept ½ month
  • Oct - May full month
  • Jun ½ month
Fall  9/16 - 12/15
  • Sep ½ month
  • Oct - Nov full month 
  • Dec ½ month
Winter 12/16 - 3/15
  • Dec ½ month
  • Jan - Feb full month
  • Mar ½ month
Spring 3/16 - 6/15
  • Mar ½ month
  • Apr - May full month
  • Jun ½ month


GE Tuition Waiver and Fee Subsidy

GE Tuition Waiver

  • Each GE receives a tuition waiver for 9 - 16 credit hours toward their degree per term. GEs are responsible for payment of tuition for credits exceeding 16. See Article 23 of the GTFF CBA for details. 

  • A graduate student who meets specific GE-related criteria may qualify for a summer tuition waiver.

GE Fee Subsidy

  • For students who have a GE appointment in their first term, the matriculation fee is waived.

  • During Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, GEs are responsible for paying $61 per term of their mandatory enrollment fees.

  • Some courses (e.g., self-support courses) are assessed fees in lieu of tuition. These courses are not covered by the GE tuition waiver unless they are required by the graduate degree program.

  • Some courses include additional fees such as laboratory fees, course fees, or online course fees. These are not covered by the GE fee subsidy and must be paid by the GE.
  • GEs are required to pay their portion of the mandatory student fees on time each term. Those paying after the deadline will be assessed an interest penalty. Students may make the minimum payment cited on the billing statement; remaining installments will be subject to interest and billing charges. Review student account and billing information at Business Affairs.

  • See Summer Tuition Waiver for information on summer fee subsidies. 

GE Health Insurance

  • For all GEs (fall, winter, spring and summer), the UO pays 95% of the insurance premium for the student and their eligible dependents. See a summary of benefits including current-year plan rates.

  • GEs are eligible for insurance during each term of appointment. The insurance plan (currently Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield) is administered by the GTFF. To sign up for insurance or to find out more about premium costs and insurance benefits, contact the GTFF Benefits Administrator Glenn Morris (541-344-0832).

  • New GEs are not automatically enrolled for health insurance. GEs must sign up for the insurance directly with the GTFF at the start of each GE appointment contract period. 


    • If you have a full-year GE appointment, you should sign up in fall. Your coverage will be in effect from September 16th - June 15th. 
    • If you have a winter-only appointment, sign up for just winter term. Your coverage will be in effect from December 16th - March 15th. 
    • If you have a gap between GE appointments, you will need to re-enroll for health insurance
  • All graduate students, including GEs, are encouraged to use the University Health Center, which offers a comprehensive menu of services .

  • Hiring units with insurance-related questions should contact the Division of Graduate Studies ( or 541-346-5129).

International GE health insurance

  • All international students are required to carry health insurance and are automatically enrolled in and billed for the University Health Center's UO International Student Plan.

  • International GEs who wish to enroll in the GTFF plan instead of the UO's International Student Plan must complete a waiver as part of the GTFF insurance enrollment process. Deadlines apply; please complete the waiver process as early as possible. 

  • The waiver will be in effect the entire academic year, so if your GE position ends in the middle of the year, you will need to re-enroll in the UO Student Insurance Plan.

Summer term insurance

  • For students with GE appointments in the summer term, the UO pays 95% of the insurance premium for the student and their eligible dependents. See a summary of benefits including current-year plan rates.

  • Those who are not summer GEs but who held an appointment in Spring AND are continuing in their program (or are on approved leave of absence) in Fall may receive premium coverage subsidized at 80% (subject to changes to the GTFF CBA). Students who have graduated in spring term or who have left the university at the end of spring term are not eligible for this benefit. Please note: this policy is under review and is subject to change or discontinuation after Summer 2023.