To receive a stipend payment via direct deposit or check, students must be registered for classes in the term for which the aid has been awarded. Registration may not be required for the summer term if the student is enrolled in a school that does not have a summer term enrollment requirement.
If you are expecting a stipend, you will receive an email notification from Registration & Student Financial Services. The stipend program runs in the Student Information System on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
Stipends are awarded directly to the student. There are two ways to receive a stipend payment: Direct Deposit or Paper Check
Direct deposit to a U.S. checking or savings account is the University's preferred method for issuing stipends to domestic students. Students may enroll in direct deposit via Student Services Online. You will need your bank routing number and your savings/checking account number. This information is available on the bottom of your checks or directly from your bank. It is the student's responsibility to update banking information. Incorrect banking information for direct deposit will result in a delay in the receipt of funds.
Alternatively, stipend paper checks may be picked up the CUMC Cashiers Office during or after registration upon presentation of a valid University ID card.
Stipends can be considered taxable income for international students. Every recipient of a University-issued stipend is required to have a unique taxpayer ID number. This number is used by the University to report the payment and withholding of local, state, and federal taxes.
If you have a US Social Security number (SSN), this is your taxpayer ID number. (Note: This is not the 9-digit number assigned by Columbia. An SSN is assigned by the federal government and should never be shared via email.)
If you do not have an SSN and are not eligible to apply for one on the basis of employment, you will need to apply for an Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN). You will need this number to receive your stipend check from the University and to file a US tax return in the spring for US income received during the previous calendar year. (For more information about US tax return requirements for international students, visit the ISSO website.
NEW Direct Deposit Service: International students who are registered for classes, have a U.S. bank account, and have received at least one stipend payment by paper check can now elect to receive stipend payments through direct deposit. This feature allows you to receive your stipend up to 50% faster than with a paper check, so we encourage you to enroll. To sign up:
- For stipend direct deposit, log in with your UNI and password to myColumbia.
- Once logged in, click on the "Faculty and Staff" link at the top.
- Click on “View Your Direct Deposit Information” to enter your banking information and set up direct deposit.
When your stipend is released for direct deposit, you will receive an automated email from Registration & Student Financial Services.
Paper Stipend Checks: You may pick up paper stipend checks at CUMC Cashiers during or after registration upon presentation of a valid University ID card.