Note: TA's will have a mandatory orientation in the beginning of the semester. The department will contact you via email with more information.
New students will be notified with their acceptance letter if they have been offered an RA or TA position. Returning students will be contacted by the department regarding the renewal of their appointment.
To make sure that your paperwork is on file and get a status of your appointment being processed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your supervisors name and UB person number in the email.
Upon initial appointment, students will need to submit paperwork for processing with HR. The paperwork may vary depending on the type of appointment (research or teaching assistant), but all students will be required to submit:
Students may contact the graduate coordinator at email@example.com or visit 118 Bell Hall for questions reagrding paperwork or a status of processing.
When you are ready to submit your paperwork, please upload completed forms here.
Students on an RA and/or TA appointment are elgible for health insurance with their benefits. Enrollment in the Student Employee Health Insurance plan is not automatic. To enroll in these benefits and for more information please click this link or contact HR at the University at Buffalo.
Note: summer only appointmnents do not have any benefits. Students should work with the benefits office and payroll in March prior to the summer term to ensure they can extend their coverage, if needed, to prevent any lapse in healthcare coverage needs.
The State of New York expects all students holding a normal full-time appointment to devote twenty (20) hours per week to their assistantship duties. Work assignments are variable and may consist of teaching laboratory sections or assisting in lectures (e.g., preparing and grading exams, preparing materials, and other duties assigned by the instructor or his/her representative). Departmental work assignments may include drafting, map room, or curatorial duties, etc. Some assistants may be assigned to a particular professor to aid him/her in various phases of his/her course preparation, etc. Any one or a combination of such duties may be assigned.
It is essential that a TA or RA position be treated by you, the employee, as a regular job, which normally requires keeping track of time and tasks, and reporting your work to a supervisor. Any absences (e.g., for field work or conference attendances), except personal illness or family emergencies, must be coordinated ahead of time with the appropriate supervisor. The positions are not equivalent to fellowships or scholarships, which simply fund you to conduct your education and research; rather, there are real expectations for your time and effort.
Paychecks are distributed in the department office. University regulations require that unclaimed checks be returned to University Payroll. TA's receive checks every other Wednesday, RA's receive checks every other Friday, and Student Assistants are paid every other Thursday. Direct deposit is an option. If you have questions about your paycheck, contact UB Human Resources (645-7777).
Tuition scholarships are granted separately from stipends. Students with stipend support (e.g. teaching assistants, research assistants) are eligible for tuition waivers as outlined in their tuition scholarship offer letter. The following guidelines apply to all tuition scholarships:
If a student believes they should be receiving tuition remission but it is not reflected on their bill, please contact the Graduate Coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.