The standard nine-month stipend for the 2021–2022 academic year is $31,140. To expedite receipt of the stipend, all students are strongly encouraged to arrange for the direct deposit of their stipend payments by following the steps outlined below under “Receiving Stipend Payments: Direct Deposit and Paper Checks.”
1. GSAS Fellowships with No Service Component
The GSAS Office of Financial Aid disburses stipends to registered students whose fellowship does not contain a service component in two payments: during the registration periods at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters (late August/early September and January).
Fellows supported through non-service awards who withdraw during a semester or who are terminated must return a prorated portion of the award to the University. The GSAS Office of Financial Aid determines this prorated amount.
2. GSAS Fellowships with Student Officer Appointments
Students who are appointed to the role of Teaching Fellow, Research Fellow, or Preceptor receive support and compensation in two forms:
- Payroll on a semi-monthly basis totaling one-third of the support package. Please see the section “Salary Payments” below for more information regarding this portion of the funding.
- Stipend for the remaining two-thirds of the support package
Beginning in Fall 2021, the calendar for stipend payments has been modified to more closely align with how other graduate students in other student officer roles receive their compensation and support. Students appointed to the three positions noted above will receive a lump-sum stipend distribution of $2,600 prior to Labor Day. This disbursement represents the amount for September. The remainder of the stipend will be paid on a semi-monthly basis beginning in mid-October through the fall term. These semi-monthly payments will be aligned with the semi-monthly payroll. Please note that this change in the disbursement process will not affect tax withholding on stipends.
Fellows holding student officer appointments described above who withdraw during a semester, who resign from their appointments, or who are terminated from their appointments will have their stipend disbursement suspended as of the next semi-monthly pay date following their withdrawal, resignation, or termination.