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Please direct all students you wish to hire as your Teaching Fellow to the Department Coordinator. 


There is a strict limit of 2 positions (or 20 hours/week) per fall and spring semester. There is a strict limit of 1.0 position during the Winter Intersession and each summer session. A student may hold one or more positions in a term or module as long as the commitment is for no more than an average of 20 hours per week or 2 full positions. A student may hold as many as 3 grader positions per semester, as long as the 20 hours per week average is not exceeded.


Faculty members are responsible for the quality of the students they hire and for overseeing the quality of their work. Please note that if a student is released from a position or decides to leave that position prior to the end of the term, the amount of his/her compensation is pro-rated. Faculty members may use their STARS accounts to pay for eligible TFs, graders, and tutors over and above amounts they are qualified to be paid for by Stern. TFs, Graders and Tutors will be charged to an individual faculty member’s STARS allocation if the class size does not meet the minimum enrollment of 25 students. STARS must also be used when hiring a student who does not meet basic eligibility. Faculty may hire non-Stern graduate students as TFs only in the event that they are unable to hire Stern students with the appropriate background.

Please note that once an application receives approval from the Teaching Assistance Center the compensation amount cannot be amended due to an increase or decrease in the course enrollment. If a faculty member would like to provide their TF with an additional payment due to an increase in enrollment after the student has already been processed, the compensation would come from their STARS.

TF Undergraduate Student Compensation
Position Half Credit Course Full Credit Course
0.5 (enrollment of 25-49) $625 $1250
1 (enrollment of 50-84) $1250 $2500
1.5 (enrollment of 85-119) $2500 $3750
2 (MAX 2 full positions)   $5000

TF Graduate Student/PhD Compensation
Position Half Credit Course Full Credit Course
0.5 (enrollment of 25-49) $900 $1800
1 (enrollment of 50-84) $1800 $3600
1.5 (enrollment of 85-119) $3600 $5400
2 (MAX 2 full positions)   $7200

Graduate Fellow Compensation
Hours per week for 14 weeks GF Eligibility Rate
5 0.5 position $1800
10 1 position $3600
15 1.5 positions $5400
20 2 positions $7200

Undergraduate Student Grader/Tutor: $18/student for graders, $18/hour for tutors
Graduate and PhD Student Grader/Tutor: $24/student for graders, $24/hour for tutors

Below is a list of general questions. If you do not find the answer here please contact either your Department Coordinator or email

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for students to work as my TF?

Basic requirements:
  • Completed at least 9 credits
  • GPA of at least 3.3 for undergraduate students, and at least 3.0 for MBA and other graduate students
  • Enrolled and remain enrolled in the semester in which the TF will be working (Summer is an exception)
  • Undergraduates must have taken the course or its equivalent and received an 'A'
  • Undergraduates must be a Junior or Senior

STARS must be used when hiring a student who does not meet basic requirements.

What is the process for getting hired as a TF?

Students must be approved by the professor, and then fill out a Teaching Fellowship application on the main Student Jobs page. It must be approved by the department coordinator and then submitted to Faculty Affairs.

How do I find the course number, credit load, and current enrollment for a course?

Please log in to Student Web Information System (AIS) and follow the link on the left hand navigation bar to “department enrollments”.

Who should I contact with questions about the application?

Your first point of contact should be the department coordinator. 

AY16-17 Department Chairs and Centers List (PDF)

What is the amount of compensation?

Payment is dependent on enrollment, course credit load, and other factors. Please see compensation chart or contract for more details.

Can a position be terminated?

Students' employment is at will, which means that students or NYU can terminate employment at any time, with or without cause. NYU can also withdraw or rescind this offer at any time prior to the commencement of work without restriction.

Policy for Releasing TFs from Contractual Obligations:
If, for whatever reason, a professor wants to release his or her TF from the position, both the professor and student must discuss the issue and agree to dissolve the contract.

If it is decided that the TF is released from the position, the professor and student must come to an agreement regarding payment. Generally, payment is pro-rated by the number of weeks worked. (For example, if a TF has a salary of $3,600 and the semester is 15 weeks long, the weekly rate is $240. If the TF has worked 4 out of 15 weeks, he or she would be paid $960.) However, the pro-rated amount can differ from this formula, as long as the professor and student agree on this new amount.

Students receiving tuition remission will have the partial credit removed from their account. The department’s coordinator should contact the Office of Faculty Affairs to inform  the amount and they will provide the updated information to Financial Aid.

Students receiving a check from payroll will simply receive a reduced amount of paychecks. The department coordinator should contact Pauline Braz regarding the amount already disbursed (note: several smaller paychecks to TFs are disbursed throughout the semester; TF salaries are not paid in one check) and then inform the Office of Faculty Affairs of the updated amount.

The remaining funds from the pro-rated salary can be used to hire another Teaching Fellow. If a Faculty member would like to pay the replacement TF more than the balance, these funds would have to come out of the Faculty member’s STARS account.

What if students are taking student loans?

As these payments are considered tuition remission, Financial Aid will simply reduce the amount of their student loans, or issue them  a reimbursement check from the Bursar’s Office. Contact Financial Aid at 212-998-0790 for more information.

Can students have more than one TF position at the same time?

Yes; however, a student may not exceed 20 hours of work per week during the semester. Students may work up to 1 full position (20 hours per week) per summer term which includes Summer I,II,III.

What are the rules for Summer positions?

Jobs are open to qualified NYU students and Stern May graduates, except for May graduates who are international students. Students may work up to 1 full position (10 hours per week) per summer term which includes Summer I,II,III.

Are all courses eligible for a full teaching fellowship?

No. Position and compensation are based on enrollment and course credit load. See above chart for course and compensation eligibility.

Can a teaching fellow receive additional compensation for private tutoring?

No. Students may not make independent arrangements for additional compensation to tutor students in the class to which they are assigned as a TF. Petitions for exceptions to this policy must be accompanied by the following, submitted in writing by the instructor: (1) A complete description of the TF's responsibilities (2) A guarantee that the TF will not be engaged in any interpretive assessment of student work.

Can a student from a school other than NYU participate in this program?

Yes but only with approval from the department coordinator and the Stern Dean’s Office.