Student Hourly Employment


This page is intended to help both students who want to work as hourly employees for EECS and their supervisors.

Supervisors: Be sure that your student hourly employees are entering their hours online accurately by no later than 9 a.m on Mondays (or by 9 a.m on Tuesday if Monday is a MIT holiday). Lab Assistants and Graders are limited to 10 hours per week.

Hourly Student Employees: Please read the following and then ask questions!


Lab Assistants/Graders/UTAs: work for credit   (*Fall term 2020 and Spring 2021 only*)

EECS will not be able to offer paid LA or grader, or UTA positions to students who are not physically located in the U.S at this time. For fall term 2020 and spring term 2021 only, the department is offering credit for their work.  Students should register for 6 units of 6.S099 (graded Pass/Fail), more units may be available with approval from the Education Officers. UTAs should register for 12 units and it satisfies the EECS requirement.  Below are other ways a student can get a full 12 units of 6.S099 and satisfy the EECS requirement:

  • doing two separate 6-unit LA or grader jobs (e.g. two different courses in Fa20, or one course in Fa20 and another in Sp21)

  • doing one 12-unit LA/grader job (with EO approval)

The instructor should email Lisa Bella,, with the name of students who will receive credit or with any questions. 

UTAs do NOT need to fill out the student employment form.   All others should fill out EECS Student Employment Approval Form (pdf).

Please note, this is only for students who are out of the US, students who are in the country are not eligible for credit.


Lab Assistants and Graders are limited to 10 hours per week. 

Pay rates for EECS standard hourly jobs: Course/Lab Assistant, HKN Tutor, Grader, Other Helper:

EECS standard hourly rates

Course/Lab Assistant




HKN Tutor







When you are hired, it will be your responsibility to fill out the EECS Student Employment Approval Form (pdf), have it signed by your supervisor, and return it to

Please note that you must be a registered student at MIT and completed an I-9 form with the  Atlas Service Center, before you can start any hourly position. You will be entered into the MIT student payroll system (provided that you are a registered student and have completed your I-9).

To enter your weekly timesheet, please go to Atlas, click on "Time and Vacation Entry" in the menu. For additional instructions, see online SAP/HR-Payroll Time Entry Quick Reference.

Do not exit your timesheet by clicking the "x" to close your window. Instead, click on the "home" link in the upper right. Otherwise, your timesheet will be locked for half-hour before it can be approved!

UROP: Submit a UROP application online at  When it is approved, UROP payroll coordinator will receive a notification and payroll will be processed accordingly.

International students should visit to understand all visa limitations.

last update: March 2, 2021