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Stipend Payments

Fellowship stipends are distributed on the 15th and the last day of the month (or the business day preceding these dates if they fall on a weekend or holiday) during the calendar period for which they are awarded. Ph.D. student stipends are disbursed for a twelve-month period beginning September 1 and ending August 31. To determine the amount of each semi-monthly check, students should divide the amount of their stipends by the number of months for which it is awarded (usually twelve months) and then divide again by two (as stipends are distributed twice each month). A $29,650 stipend, for example, will be distributed in 24 equal installments of $1,235.42 each, beginning on September 15 and ending on August 31.

The first check of the term will be issued on September 15 for all doctoral students. This check will be directed to the department or degree program location and may be obtained from the departmental registrar. Paper checks will continue to be directed to the department or degree program location until direct deposit is established.

The Graduate School encourages students to arrive in New Haven with sufficient cash available to cover the initial costs of apartment deposits (usually one month’s rent), utility connections, food, transportation, and other basic maintenance costs until the first stipend checks are distributed in mid-September.