Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) working on a sponsored project are paid according to CU Boulder’s GRA Salary sheet found in our Frequently Needed Information. These are monthly rates based on full-time employment for a GRA, which is 50% time during the academic year. The salary rates are negotiated annually between departments and the Graduate School, and any deviation must be approved prior to proposal submission by the Graduate School.

All graduate students working during the academic year must receive tuition remission according to CU Boulder’s official Tuition Rates. The 9+ credit hour rate is used for graduate students working 50% time. A reduced rate will be applied for graduate students committing less time (e.g. the 5 credit hour rate for GRAs working 25% time) according to the Graduate Student Appointment Manual.

Your Proposal Analyst will help you determine the appropriate salary and tuition to charge for any graduate students included on your sponsored project budget. For additional information, view the Memorandum of Understanding with Regard to the Method Used to Budget Tuition on Sponsored Project Proposal Budgets.