Stipend Rates

2014-15 Graduate Student Assistantship and Fellowship Stipend Rates

Effective August 16, 2014

 

 

Definition

Basic 9-Month Stipend

Summer
Stipend (See footnote 1)

Hours Per Week

Assumed for Basic Appointment (See footnote 2)

Additional

Hours Per Week Permitted

Max Academic-Year Increase (See footnote 3)

TA

An academic appointment in support of the teaching of a course of 15 to 20 hours per week, averaging no more than 15 hours per week for the base stipend as established by the Board of Trustees. The assignment is usually in the student’s major field or a closely related one. TAs are awarded full tuition credit and a stipend.

$24,104

No minimum mandated, but awards typically range from $5,084 to $8,035

15

5

$12,052

GA

An academic appointment requiring 15 to 20 hours a week, averaging no more than 15 hours per week for the base stipend as established by the Board of Trustees. Graduate assistants receive full tuition credit and a stipend.

$24,104

No minimum mandated, but awards typically range from $5,084 to $8,035

15

5

$12,052

 

 

 

RA

An academic appointment for research that is not directly thesis-related, 15 to 20 hours per week, averaging no more than 15 hours per week for the base stipend as established by the Board of Trustees. RAs are awarded full tuition credit and a stipend.

$23,470

No minimum mandated, but awards typically range from $5,084 to $7,913

15

5

 

$11,735

 

GRA An academic appointment focused on thesis or other degree-related research of a type that is required from all candidates for the degree. Because a student devotes considerable time to dissertation research, the time spent on research connected with the project is expected to be significant. GRAs are awarded full tuition credit and a stipend. $23,470 No minimum mandated, but awards typically range from $5,084 to $7,913 A student’s time spent on research connected with the project is expected to be significant. 8 $11,735

Fellow

An arrangement in which financial support is given to a graduate student to pursue his or her degree without any obligation on the part of the student to engage in teaching and/or research in furtherance of the university's academic mission.  Generally, fellowships are merit-based awards.  Continued financial support is contingent upon the student maintaining satisfactory academic progress as defined by the graduate field and Graduate School.

$24,104 (Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences)

 

$27,790(Physical Sciences & Engineering and Life Sciences)

$5,084

 

N/A

8

$12,052

Cost of attendance for students at Cornell NYC Tech for 2014-15 is $26,950 for 9 months plus tuition and health insurance.

  1. The Board of Trustees does not establish stipend minima for summer stipends.  The stipend rate for summer appointments is determined by the Principal Investigator, department, unit, college or other source of funding.
  2. Partial assistantships must include tuition proportional to the stipend. That is, if a student receives a partial TAship with 50% stipend for the semester, the hours must be limited to 8 or less per week and he or she must receive 50% tuition for that semester in addition to the stipend. Awards that do not provide tuition and stipend in amounts proportional to the hours expected of a regular assistant are not assistantships and should not be portrayed as such. Students in the professional degree programs may be appointed as Graduate Teaching/Research Specialists (GTRS). The GTRS is not an assistantship; GTRSs receive a stipend in proportion to the percent time of their appointment as compared to a full-time graduate assistantship but not tuition and health insurance. Hours are limited to no more than 10 per week. Before a program may begin using the GTRS title approval must be given by the Graduate School.
  3. The maximum academic-year stipend amount that a graduate student may receive when any portion of the stipend comes from Cornell any funds held at Cornell (university accounts, college accounts, department accounts, unit accounts, or Principal Investigator sponsored funds) is $40,727. The increase may be from the same funding source as the basic stipend (an "adjustment") or from a different source (a "supplement"). The limit applies to support from any combination of fellowships or assistantships when part of the stipend is paid from funds held at Cornell. There is no restriction on summer stipends and fellowships.