Payments and Tuition Credits
For 21-22 academic year, first-year students earn no less than $48,558; advanced students without a fellowship earn $47,280 as a 50% RA. Post first-year students have the opportunity to increase their pay by working as an instrument, advanced or head TA.
Some graduate students receive stipend checks once per quarter (usually at the beginning). These can be payments from outside fellowships, departmental funds or travel allowances. Taxes are not withheld from quarterly stipend checks, except for foreign students from non-tax treaty countries. Checks are mailed to your current mailing address (as inputted in the Axess database) during the first week of each quarter. Direct deposit is available for stipend checks (also called refund checks).
Graduate students are paid for Teaching and Research Assistantships semi-monthly through the regular University payroll system. Taxes are withheld from these checks and they arrive around the 7th and 22nd of each month (unless payday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the checks will arrive the preceding Friday) and are placed in your mailbox in the Chemistry Central Office. If you have any questions regarding your pay, please contact Student Services.
If you have payroll questions, please see Student Services. If you have TA appointment questions, see Roger Kuhn.
Your tuition is paid either by the department, through teaching or research assistantships, or outside fellowships. Regardless of the method of payment, it should appear on your quarterly bill as a credit. If your financial aid was processed late, the credit may not appear on your first quarterly bill. If this occurs, you should defer the tuition amount and the credit will eventually cancel out the amount of the deferment. Questions about University bills should be directed to the Student Services Manager.
The University bill includes charges for tuition, room and board, health insurance, health services fee, ASSU fees, and a one-time documentation fee for entering students. The bill also indicates tuition credits.