Scholarship News

Graduate Students' "Fight for $15"


October 30, 2018 12:51 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Photo courtesy of The Nation

  Graduate student assistants across the nation are pushing for a $15 per hour stipend, which they believe is a minimum living wage. Graduate students have attributed the 29 percent stipend increase at Emory University to their successful campus advocacy.
Photo courtesy of The Nation

Graduate student assistants across the nation are pushing for a $15 per hour stipend, which they believe is a "minimum living wage." Graduate students have attributed the 29 percent stipend increase at Emory University to their successful campus advocacy.

The "Fight for $15" for graduate students is maintained by the idea that they are "full-time, full-year employees, even if universities view them as part-time employees or as students learning to teach and do research." Fifteen dollars times 40 hours per week, times 52 weeks per year, is $31,000 which, "has emerged as a new target minimum annual stipend." Even on the high end of the stipend range, "it's difficult to live on a $30,000 salary and cover living and academic-related expenses "such as books and fees, according to one graduate student.

While graduate students may consider themselves "full-time, full-year employees," many institutions "say they see graduate students as trainees, not workers." At many universities, graduate students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week; making them less than full-time employees. In your opinion, should graduate assistants be paid $15 an hour? Why or why not?

Getting more college financial aid doesn’t have to be a relentless search. Scholarships.com is totally free. Connect with our massive database of millions of college scholarships at any time by searching for awards in a variety of ways. Scholarships.com offers the quickest and easiest way to search for, apply to, and win college scholarships. Start making your college education affordable or perhaps even free, by conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

ADVERTISEMENT

Discuss

Share your thoughts and perhaps thousands of students will benefit from your unique insight on the subject!



If you can read this, don't touch the following fields


 

Sam B. D.  on  12/5/2018 2:11:51 PM commented:

There's a simple rule for raising minimum wage: DON'T. Minimum wage increases are like trying to move up a ladder by raising the bottom rung. Sure, it may look like you've gone up, but you've also moved the REST of the ladder with you, so you've effectively gained nothing. When it comes to trying to earn more, NEVER raise the ladder upward. You have to actually put in the work to climb the ladder in order to accomplish something.

Joanna A  on  11/25/2018 10:48:20 AM commented:

Honestly No, They need to get out into the real world and work for a living! The struggle is real and yes good pay comes with having experience not so much education. You can walk into a building and say I’ve got this Job but you have no experience or pior experience and you could hit a rut, you can’t lie about it! You will get caught if you do! But you can have all the education you want, but with out having the experience to do a job so simple could be devastating! It would be nice to earn 15.00 an hour! As a single mom raising two teenagers and working a full time management job and going back to school part time is tuff living on a 12.00 hour pay and I’ve got 20 yrs of retail experience under my belt and I started from ground zero making 5.00 an hour! I am sure a lot of people will have the same story or close to it! But seriously most colleges won’t let you work less than 20 hrs a week. My answer is No! Earn your way up the chain!

John D  on  11/7/2018 2:10:00 PM commented:

Go home you crazy socialists and take an economics class

John D  on  11/7/2018 2:09:57 PM commented:

Go home you crazy socialists and take an economics class

Jacob Elmore  on  11/7/2018 8:22:25 AM commented:

No, because every time the government is involved things get worse. When governments raise minimum wage, then companies must raise their prices on goods and services. We see when a drastic pay raise happens, such as from ten dollars to fifteen dollars, companies fire their employees and automate. If we keep government out of business affairs, we will have more jobs, less inflation, companies that can hire the best candidates, and better pay for the workers that are the most productive.

Dominick John Amodio  on  11/6/2018 5:22:35 PM commented:

That's absurd it's like their fighting to be paid only $15 an hour. There are other people who wont accept anything less than $100 an hour. Or like me who demands pure metal, earth, and stone

Dominick John Amodio  on  11/6/2018 5:19:10 PM commented:

Thats absurd my time is worth more then cotton. why bother for $15 even why not $100 an hour or just be like me and say something else like metal

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Spring is in full swing! It’s a time of growth and a time of anticipation for both warmer weather and college acceptances. While you wait to hear back from colleges and prepare for College Decision Day on May 1st, take a breather and apply to these late April and May scholarships! You’ll discover refreshing opportunities to win free money towards college tuition that you don’t have to pay back. Looking for more scholarships? Be sure to log in to your Scholarships.com account to update your profile and try a free scholarship search!

April Showers, May Flowers and Spring Scholarships

April 22, 2021 9:42 AM
by Izzy Hall
Spring is in full swing! It’s a time of growth and a time of anticipation for both warmer weather and college acceptances. While you wait to hear back from colleges and prepare for College Decision
Test-optional admissions defined the college application season for 2021, and lead to many competitive schools seeing record application numbers. A few colleges and universities that adopted the policy during the pandemic have decided to continue test-optional admissions for the foreseeable future. Other institutions are waiting for hard data to make a decision on whether to keep test-optional admissions or return to requiring SAT and ACT scores as was standard for college admissions before COVID-19. A new study reveals some positive trends for schools that went test-optional prior to pandemic.

New Study Shows Benefits to Test-Optional Admissions

April 20, 2021 8:41 AM
by Izzy Hall
Test-optional admissions defined the college application season for 2021, and lead to many competitive schools seeing record application numbers. A few colleges and universities that adopted the
Let’s say you’ve made it. You are enrolled in college, or have been for a year or two. You’re receiving some financial aid, or even a scholarship, but something’s missing. It’s money. No matter how generous the package you’re receiving is, there’s always one more book to buy, one more activity fee, one more dining hall bill…

Scholarship Search in College? Scholarships for Undergrads

April 13, 2021 9:09 AM
by Scholarships.com Staff
Let’s say you’ve made it. You are enrolled in college, or have been for a year or two. You’re receiving some financial aid, or even a scholarship, but something’s missing. It’s money. No matter how
When students hear back from colleges in the coming weeks, they may not get a firm acceptance or rejection, but rather get put on the wait list. Getting waitlisted is a normal part of the college admissions process, but some experts say that this year the wait list could turn into the longest it has ever been. A combination of the effects of the coronavirus on colleges, changes in application policies and an increase in applications at top colleges may contribute to a difficult wait list period.

The Longest Wait List Ever? What to Expect

March 31, 2021 3:09 PM
by Izzy Hall
When students hear back from colleges in the coming weeks, they may not get a firm acceptance or rejection, but rather get put on the wait list. Getting waitlisted is a normal part of the college
Spring has officially begun! Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Spring means flowers and rainstorms. It’s also the time that brings college acceptances and decisions! That’s why spring is a great time to apply for scholarships. These April scholarship opportunities will springboard you to college savings! Check out the following scholarships, and be sure to try a free scholarship search today to discover customized scholarship results that can help you pay for college.

Put a Spring in Your Step with April Scholarships

March 23, 2021 2:58 PM
by Izzy Hall
Spring has officially begun! Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Spring means flowers and rainstorms. It’s also the time that brings college acceptances and decisions! That’s