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Most University of Hawaii graduate students work on the Manoa campus.
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Tuition Waivers In Addition To Pay
Graduate assistants are hired after the new fiscal year begins, and this year Civil Beat made a special request to obtain their pay.
In releasing their pay information, the UH noted graduate assistants receive tuition waivers worth about $15,912 for in-state students and $37,392 for out-of-state students in addition to the salaries.
“The compensation package for a graduate student is a combination of a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for 20 hours of work per week,” according to a UH statement provided by spokesman Dan Meisenzahl.
The “vast majority” of graduate assistants work on the flagship Manoa campus, he said. In fact, about 30% of Manoa graduate students are graduate assistants.
As of Nov. 27, UH employed 1,343 of them; 707 were on 11-month contracts and 636 on nine-month contracts.
The highest-paid 11-month graduate assistants — 18 of them — make $35,460. One earns $34,104 and 16 more than $33,966.
In all, 83 of the 11-month GAs make at least $30,000, while 165 earn $25,000 to $30,000. The four lowest-paid 11-month-GAs make $11,076, but they work only up to 10 hours a week while most GAs work up to 20 hours per week.
Among those with nine-month contracts, the six highest-paid make $26,952, and 125 of them make at least $20,000. The 19 lowest-paid receive $9,468, but they too work only up to 10 hours per week.
UH campuses paid 1,095 guest lecturers in the past year.
Lawrence Fee was paid the most — $8,481 — by Kapiolani Community College zoology department.
Next came 35 lecturers who received $7,483. In all, 157 of them earned at least $5,000.
The lowest-paid lecturer got $284.
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