Poverty Wages

A Tier I Grad Assistant makes only $15,884 — before taxes — which is not only significantly below a living wage for the state of Rhode Island, it’s also so close to the poverty level that GAs who earn this wage qualify for food stamps.

In our survey, nearly 2/3 of you reported relying on additional sources of income just to make ends meet. The most common sources of extra income were second jobs (like we don’t work hard enough!), family support and student loans.

The GAU has been successful in every previous negotiation at securing raises for our members, and we’re gearing up to do it again. Do you need more money? Share your story with us.