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Policy FAQs (Institutional Aid)

1. If I receive a multiyear Graduate Center Fellowship, are there additional forms of Graduate Center support available to me? 

2. Can I hold more than one multiyear fellowship?

3. What do I have to do to receive my funding?

4. Can I lose my funding?

5.  Is my funding taxable?

6. Do multiyear fellowships cover the cost of student fees?

7. What does the service entail for the Graduate Center Fellowship?

8. What does the service entail for the CUNY Science Scholarship?

9. What does the service entail for the Presidential MAGNET Fellowship?

10. After the five years of the fellowship, are there any other forms of support available?

11. Can I undertake extra teaching or research at CUNY, beyond that required by my graduate assistantship, for additional compensation?

12. How will continuing students be notified about awards?

13. What health insurance options do doctoral students have?

14. Are there other restrictions I should be aware of?

15. Where can I get help with any of these questions?

 

1. If I receive a multiyear Graduate Center Fellowship, are there additional forms of Graduate Center support available to me?

Recipients of multiyear fellowships (GCF, CSS, Presidential MAGNET, Science) may apply for some additional funds, which include:

Student Travel and Research Funds administered by the Office of Student Affairs. (For more information, please contact the office at 212-817-7400.)

2. Can I hold more than one multiyear fellowship?

No. Students with a Graduate Center Fellowship, CUNY Science Scholarship, Science Fellowship, or Presidential MAGNET Fellowship may not concurrently hold another Graduate Center multiyear award. Students with these fellowships also may not concurrently hold another CUNY graduate assistantship or Dissertation Fellowship.

Students holding only Graduate Center Five-year Tuition Fellowships may hold other Graduate Center awards and graduate assistantships.

3. What do I have to do to receive my funding?

Incoming students: Incoming students will be notified by the Financial Aid Office that they must accept the financial aid fellowship portion of their award and their Tuition Fellowship online via the GC student web. Notices to incoming students are sent to the addresses and emails that they used on their application for admissions. Incoming students must also attend a Human Resources orientation, where they will sign an appointment letter and will be placed on the Graduate Center payroll for their graduate assistantship. Human Resource orientations are held in August. (Information about these is sent in the spring and summer.)

Continuing students: Each year, continuing GC students will receive notification from Financial Aid, Human Resources, and the Provost’s Office via their Graduate Center email addresses. Students must accept the financial aid fellowship portion of their awards via the student web, and they must sign and return a yearly appointment letter for the graduate assistantship to the Office of Human Resources.

Students must accept each component of their fellowship separately. Failure to accept part of the award may result in the cancellation of the award.

4. Can I lose my funding?

To be eligible for funding, students must be in good academic standing and registered full-time in accordance with the Graduate Center degree requirements. Students must also be satisfactorily performing the service requirement of their funding.

Appointments are made on a yearly basis, subject to satisfactory progress. Students must accept the award each year and will receive a yearly letter for the graduate assistantship appointment. This letter must be signed and returned to the Human Resources Office. Students must also accept the financial aid fellowship and tuition portions of the award online via the student web. Failure to do this can result in the loss of funding or in the delay of payments.

Failure to receive approval for a leave of absence can result in the loss of an award.

5.  Is my funding taxable?

All financial support is taxable; however, taxes are deducted only from New York State payroll checks. Taxes are not deducted from other taxable awards.

6. Do multiyear fellowships cover the cost of student fees? 

Currently, each semester, all doctoral students must pay student fees totaling $182.20.

The descriptions of the multiyear fellowships clearly specify whether the award covers the cost of student fees. Please review the description of your fellowship to verify this information.

7. What does the service entail for the Graduate Center Fellowship?

In the first year of the GCF, the required service is a graduate assistantship B (GAB). The GAB requires 7.5 hours per week of service for your academic program. Usually this is in the form of research assistance for a faculty member.

In years two, three, and four of the GCF, fellows are required to teach one course per semester at one of the CUNY undergraduate campuses. Campus placements are made by your doctoral program.

In year five of the GC Fellowship, the required service is a nonteaching graduate assistantship on one of the CUNY campuses. This will require fifteen hours per week of service as part of the CUNY-Wide Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program.

8. What does the service entail for the CUNY Science Scholarship?

In the first year, there is a modest service obligation related to professional development and research laboratory rotations. In the second through fifth years of the award, there are usually some teaching assignments arranged by the campus where the fellows do their research.

9. What does the service entail for the Presidential MAGNET Fellowship?

In the first year of the Presidential MAGNET Fellowship, the required service is a graduate assistantship B (GAB). The GAB requires 7.5 hours per week of service, which will be assigned by the executive officer of the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Program (OEODP).

In years two and three, Presidential MAGNET Fellows are required to provide 7.5 hours of service each week in OEODP, serving as mentors for undergraduate students in the CUNY Pipeline Program.

In years four and five, Presidential MAGNET Fellows may choose either to continue to work 7.5 hours a week, serving as a research assistant in OEODP, or to teach one course each semester in their discipline at one of the CUNY undergraduate colleges. If a fellow chooses to teach in years four and five, the campus placement is arranged by the fellow’s doctoral program.

10. After the five years of the fellowship, are there any other forms of support available?

Students who hold multiyear fellowships may not hold another fellowship concurrently. However, students past year five who are no longer on their multiyear award may apply for other awards, such as the Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowships, GC Digital Fellowships, Program Social Media Fellowships, and fellowships funded by various centers and institutes.

11. Can I undertake extra teaching or research at CUNY, beyond that required by my graduate assistantship, for additional compensation?

Students holding a graduate assistantship are usually able to teach one course per semester as an adjunct. Contractual workload rules apply (Graduate Assistantship Descriptions).

12. How will continuing students be notified about awards?

Students are required to use their Graduate Center email addresses. All offices, including the Provost’s Office, Financial Aid, and Human Resources, will send important notifications and information to your GC email address.

The Financial Aid Office administers financial aid fellowships and tuition awards; the Provost’s Office and Human Resources administer graduate assistantships.

13. What health insurance options do doctoral students have?

Doctoral students with multiyear fellowships, those holding a graduate assistantship, and those serving as adjuncts are eligible for low-cost NYSHIP health insurance.

Doctoral students who do not hold a graduate assistantship or adjunct appointment, or those on faculty grants, can purchase GHI student insurance (The CUNY GHI Student-rated Policy for Domestic and International Students).

14. Are there other restrictions I should be aware of?

  • Financial support is contingent upon the fellow being registered full-time and in good academic standing.
  • Notifications of financial awards are normally emailed to the student’s Graduate Center email address. If a student has another preferred email, she/he is required to set a forwarding device (instructions for setting the forwarding device) on her/his Graduate Center email. The student must accept each award, including each individual component of a fellowship. Failure to do so will result in the award being rescinded.
  • Students with Graduate Center funding must have a U.S. Social Security number (SSN) or a taxpayer identification number (TIN).
  • Anyone with a criminal conviction for crimes related to controlled substances may be ineligible for federal aid.

15. Where can I get help with any of these questions? 

  • For questions about the service component of your award, contact the executive officer (EO) of your doctoral program.
  • For general or overarching questions about your fellowship and its components, contact Anne Ellis in the Provost’s Office at aellis@gc.cuny.edu.
  • For questions regarding the financial aid fellowship portion of your fellowship in years one and two, or the Tuition Fellowship during any fellowship year, contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@gc.cuny.edu.
  • For questions related to your appointment letter or your graduate assistantship workload, contact the Office of Human Resources at Humanresources@gc.cuny.edu.
  • For questions related to your NYSHIP health insurance, contact the GC’s NYSHIP coordinator, Scott Voorhees, at svoorhees@gc.cuny.edu.

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