- How will I be paid?
Students are paid either of two ways; as a Predoctoral Fellow
(Fellow) or as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). Fellows are
paid from Deans funds, department monies, or training grants.
GRAs are paid from research grants or other sponsored projects.
It is quite common for students to begin their studies as Fellows
and then switch to GRA status in subsequent years.
- When will I be paid?
Fellows receive stipend payments three times a year. The summer
stipend covers July and August; the fall stipend covers September
1 through January 15; and the spring stipend covers January 16
through June 30.
GRAs receive salary checks on the last business day of each month.
- Are taxes deducted from my check?
Taxes are not deducted from Fellows stipend checks
for US citizens, Permanent Residents, or foreign nationals whose
country has an appropriate tax treaty with the United States.
If you have not completed a tax treaty form or if you are not
certain if there is a treaty in effect, please see the Office
of Graduate Affairs. Foreign nationals whose country of citizenship
does not have a tax treaty with the United States will have a
14% withholding tax deducted from their stipend check. We have
found it is usually advantageous for Fellows to file quarterly
estimated tax payments.
Taxes are deducted from GRA salary checks. The W-4 (federal)
and IT-2104 (city/state) withholding forms you complete will determine
the amount of the deduction.
- Am I responsible for filing taxes on the monies I receive?
All students who receive payments either as Fellows or GRAs are
responsible for declaring these payments on their tax returns.
However, the interpretation and implementation of the tax laws
are the domain of the Internal Revenue Service and the courts.
Columbia University takes no position on what the status may be
for a particular taxpayer, and it does not have the authority
to dispense tax advice.
- Will I receive a W-2 form from Columbia University at the end
of the calendar year?
Fellows will not receive a W-2 form from the University.
GRAs will receive a W-2 form.
- Where will I receive my checks?
Fellows can pick-up their stipend checks at the cashiering windows
in the Black Building, Room 1-127.
GRAs will receive their checks at their department offices.
- Can I have my check deposited directly into my bank account?
Yes. Students who are paid as monthly GRAs should complete the appropriate form in the Office of Graduate Affairs and provide a blank, voided check. Fellows receiving stipend checks can complete the authorization form at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/students.
- What fees are my responsibility?
In most cases, your acceptance to the Coordinated Doctoral Program
included full coverage of University fees including Student Health,
hospitalization, transcript, basic computer, and International
Student and Scholar (ISSO) fees.
You are responsible for any housing related costs as well as
the cost of any extended computer support you may request. In
addition, students who opt to take courses during the summer will
be responsible for the cost of those courses. Health coverage
for spouses and dependents is not covered by the Coordinated Doctoral
- How do I enroll in the Student Health Service (SHS)?
Upon your arrival, please proceed to the SHS enrollment office
at 60 Haven Avenue, Room 3E. You will be asked to complete enrollment
cards. Please keep in mind that you will need to complete enrollment
cards at the beginning of every school year. Within a few
weeks, you will receive a hospitalization benefit card, a prescription
plan card, and a NY Presbyterian Hospital card with your unit
New York State law mandates that all students on this campus
must prove immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) in order
to register for classes. Please see Elsa Cadena, R.N. in the SHS
for pre-registration immunization if you are unable to provide
written documentation of current immunity.
- I received a housing assignment in Bard Hall. How can I transfer
to the Towers?
Throughout the academic year, students living in Bard Hall
and the Georgian Residence may move to the Towers by filing a
vacancy in a student apartment. A number of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom
apartments in the Towers hold what is called a "joint &
several" lease. This means that the current student "tenants
of record" are jointly and severally responsible for the
apartment, the rental, and filling of all vacancies. A list of
these unfurnished vacancies is published monthly. To fill a vacancy
in a currently occupied apartment, you should obtain a copy of
the current J&S vacancy listing, from the Housing Office at
50 Haven Avenue.
If you prefer to transfer with a friend, the Towers Lottery
and Apartment Draw assigns student groups to Bard-Haven Towers
1-Br, 2-Br, and 3-Br apartments for the upcoming academic year.
Lottery applications and information brochures are distributed
by the Housing Office in March.
- How do I register for classes?
Registration is via telephone or the web. Your department will
assist you with the appropriate course numbers. Upon your arrival,
you will receive a letter, which provides your PIN number as well
as the appointment times assigned to you.
- Will I be able to connect to the campus computer network from
housing is wired for both voice and data networks. You must register
your computer in order to activate your Health Sciences Residence
Network connection. Each Ethernet card
will be registered
by its unique hardware address and assigned an Internet address
and host name. Questions regarding dorm connectivity can be directed
to Jose Hernandez at 305-0507.