UCI Department of Chemistry graduate student salary payment schedules are listed below. Please note these schedules include several payment scenarios and each individual situation is different. If you have a question about your specific situation, please contact: Morgan Sibley (msibley@uci.edu).

General Funding Information:

UC Policy states students can only hold up to 50% appointments during the academic year. As a result, the Department of Chemistry pays a higher rate in the months of July and August to reach the annual chemistry graduate student salary. 

The academic year runs October 1st through September 30th. If a student receives their full amount of funding by the end of August, they may not be entitled to compensation for September. This is sometimes the case when students are Summer Session TAs or receive other forms of higher compensation during the summer months.

It is the student's responsibility to report any variation in payment (other than slight adjustments in pay day or net income due to withholding). While we make every effort to process pay accurately, mistakes do happen. Please always confirm receipt of funds before spending and bring any inconsistencies to the attention of Department staff immediately. Students will be held responsible in cases of payment overages.

Pay Day:

The Department tries to set up all paychecks to pay in arrears. For example, if you work the month of October you will be paid November 1st. If you are paid via the fellowship system you will likely be paid a week prior to the 1st of the month. As a graduate student, you will be switched between the fellowship and payroll systems without notification. It is important to never plan to receive your paycheck before the 1st of the month. If you do not receive your paycheck on the 1st please contact: Morgan Sibley (msibley@uci.edu). 

Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) and Teaching Assistant appointments (TA):

Students are paid via payroll for Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) and Teaching Assistant appointments (TA).

Teaching Assistant salaries are determined by union contract and summer payments will be higher to compensate for TA appointments.

If you pay student fees during the academic year as a result of your TA appointment, reimbursement is included in your compensation plan. You can see employment options 2-8 for specific examples.

Fellowships and Training Grants:

Student on Fellowships and Training grants are typically paid via the fellowship system. These payments are set up to pay at the end of each month, however the fellowship system often pays early.

Students on external fellowships and training grants often have different payment schedules based on agency requirements.

Students are encouraged to seek extramural funding. Students will receive either the amount of their extramural funding or the department standard rate, whichever is greater. Unless the funding specifically states otherwise, students are not entitled to receive both awards.

In order to receive a fellowship payment students must complete an annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or tax form (Glacier) depending on their citizenship status. FAFSAs must be completed once each calendar year.

Taxes and Withholding:

Funding received via payroll is subject to withholding but what is deducted depends on how one fills out their W-4 (withholding form) or your country’s tax treaty.

Funding received via the fellowship system may be considered taxable, but is not subject to tax withholding by the University. An exception may be international students whose fellowship stipends are, by federal law, subject to tax withholding depending on the tax treaty status of their home country. For more detailed information, consult IRS Tax Information for Students.

Mandatory contribution: DCP (Defined Contribution Plan) is not a tax but a mandatory contribution to a self-directed investment account. This is administered by Fidelity Investments. DCP is refundable when you leave UCI employment for more than 30 days.  You can roll the funds into an IRA or a retirement account, or you can request payment of funds to you.