Welcome to the UCSC Graduate Student Association!

Who is the GSA?

YOU are the GSA!

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) serves the interests of over 1,500 graduate students at UCSC by representing grad concerns to faculty, administration, and staff, and to UC wide administrators.

We defend the interests of graduate students with regard to:

• Tuition and fees                          • Childcare

• Health insurance                        • Underrepresented students

• Parking                                         • International students

• On-campus housing                  • Any other graduate issues

In addition, the GSA organizes and co-sponsors events that benefit grads, and makes available travel grants for graduate students attending conferences or traveling on thesis-related research.We do this by placing grads on key committees and by meeting directly with decision-makers.

The GSA Council consists of the elected Executive Board officers and a graduate representative from each degree-awarding department. The Council meets to discuss and strategize around grad student's needs and concerns and to make funding decisions.

We hope to see you at our next Council meeting. For more information contact GSA or get in touch with the E-board.

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UCSC Graduates Demand Equal Pay for Equal Work! 


Our monthly wage is $2434 before tax. This monthly wage is only for the 9 months of the year for which we are employed, totaling $21,906 before tax. Santa Cruz is one of the least affordable counties for renters in the country.


We demand a Cost of Living Adjustment for every* graduate student to bring us out of rent burden. 

At current rates, this amounts to an additonal $1,412 per month.** The COLA must be adjusted annually to keep up with the rental market. 


Adjusting salaries for the cost of living is common in private and public sector jobs in California.s. 


COLA is also a demand to recognize the precarity of our seasonal unemployment as graduate student workers, who make a monthly wage of $2434 but an annual wage of $21,906, because the UC Boss only employs us for 9 months out of the year. 


*Regardless of residence, visa, documentation, employment or funding status

 **Sharing a two- or three-bedroom apartment, based on median rental figures from April 2018 - August 2019 (source: Zillow Rental Index)