Compensation is dependent on the timely submission of paperwork—starting with the hiring forms. Once the ASE appointment is finalized, payment will proceed promptly.

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Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) and Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointments are salaried and payments are delivered in equal amounts on a regular schedule. The Full semester appointments are paid for 5 full months.

Reader and Tutor pay is dependent on the regular submission of timesheets. To report hours, please

  • Email the ASE Administrator for a CSS timesheet
  • Complete the relevant areas. Please ensure that no more than 8 hours are recorded for a single day AND that no more than 20 hours are recorded for a single week
  • Obtain hiring instructor’s signature
  • Make a copy for your records
  • Scan and email completed form to CSS and cc’ the ASE Administrator

Payment Schedule
Payments are posted in the first week of each month (see UCB Payroll Office for exact schedule).

ASEs participating in the direct deposit program will receive notification when the funds are transferred by email. ASEs may activate direct deposit service at any time by logging into blu (Calnet ID required) and clicking the “Direct Deposit” link in the Self Service menu (left side).

It takes 30 days for activation of the direct deposit program once enrollment is complete. ASEs who do not sign up for this service will receive their pay via paper check. Central Payroll will mail an ASEs paper check to the mailing address they have on file. Please refer to the Central Payroll website for current policies and procedures.

Please be aware that service reactivation may be necessary if a previous appointment has ended.

Salary Scales

GSI and GSR monthly pay is calculated based on the percentage, step, and length of appointment. All three of these variables are listed in the appointment letter.

Multiply the percentage appointment by the base pay to get the monthly gross pay.
(in the example below, 12.5%, 25%, 43.75%, and 50% x $4,254.40–base pay for GSI Step 1 as of 10/1/2017—see salary chart on the for other steps)

Full semester appointments are paid over the course of 5 full months.

% and length Gross pay Monthly pay
FULL semester
FULL semester
FULL semester
FULL semester

Readers earn $15.57/hour.

Partial Fee Remissions
GSIs, Readers, Tutors and GSRs, in good academic standing who are enrolled in at least 12 units in a graduate state-supported degree program (MBA and PhD only), with appointments totaling at least 25% (170 hours) may be eligible for partial fee remissions. Graduate students enrolled in self-supporting degree programs (i.e. EWMBA, XMBA, and MFE), who are appointed to work as a GSIs/Readers with appointments totaling at least 25% (170 hours), may also be eligible for partial fee remissions.

The partial fee remission only covers the Student Services Fee, Tuition Fee, and Health Insurance Fee (unless waived). Beginning in spring 19′, the ASE partial fee remission will also pay $150.00 toward the Berkeley Campus Fee. Certain conditions apply, including that you must be a registered graduate student, and must have paid at least 20% of your fees. Since EWMBA students are not charged the university Health Insurance Fee (SHIP), they do not receive this portion of the partial fee remission.

Please refer to the Grad Division’s Fee Remission Program Bulletin and “What you need to know about being a GSI, GSR, Reader, or Tutor,” both available at the Grad Division’s Academic Appointments website for more complete information about eligibility and restrictions.

Partial fee remissions from any Academic Student Employee position could impact your financial aid. If you already have aid up to the cost of attendance, your financial aid will have to be adjusted to accommodate the fee remission, as you your total aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance. If your total aid exceeds the cost of attendance it will block fund disbursement. For more information, please contact the MBA Financial Aid Office (If you are not a Haas student, please contact your home departments financial aid office for information as to how a GSI/Reader appointment may affect your financial aid).

MBA student’s who are fully sponsored, meaning full fees are paid by a third party or outside agency, may choose to work as an Academic Student Employee. However, if you are eligible for a fee remission from UC Berkeley, you will only receive it if your sponsoring agency reduces the sponsorship by that amount. Fee remissions will not be paid to the student as a refund if fees are being covered by an outside source.

For those of you who waive the student health insurance, the Health Insurance Fee will not be triggered to your CARS account, so expect a lower partial fee remission.


For comments or questions, please e-mail the ASE Administrator.