Graduate School master’s stipends are merit-based stipends provided without a service obligation.
Students receive a Graduate School master’s stipend for a full academic year (August through May) or for a single semester. Students receiving a Graduate School master’s stipend in one semester of an academic year may not receive a Graduate School master’s stipend in another semester.
Please review the detailed Financial Support Policies and Procedures page, especially the Recipient Obligations Statement posted to that page.
- Details & Restrictions
- Payment Schedule
- Taxes and IDs
- International Tax Documentation Check List
Master’s Stipend Rate: Departmental discretion
- Fall Semester (August – December): Departmental discretion
- Spring Semester (January – May): Departmental discretion
- Summer Semester: Departmental discretion
Academic programs award master’s stipends based on merit and not financial need and can vary in the amount provided each semester.
- Students must make satisfactory progress toward a Graduate School degree, as determined by their academic program and the Graduate School.
- Master’s students should verify with their program the number of credit hours required as a condition of their masters stipend award and maintain that level of enrollment.
Unsatisfactory degree progress or violations of academic integrity may result in termination of your master’s stipend and retroactive revocation of any scholarship for the current semester. In other words, you may become responsible for the full tuition and fees for that semester.
Master’s stipends are distributed at the beginning of each semester. Further details regarding distribution can be found in the merit-based financial aid award letter.
Taxes and IDs
For information on taxes and stipends, visit the Tax Department’s website.
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
Master’s stipends for U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents will not be reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by the university.
No W-2 or other document will be distributed for the non-service awards. The only records you will have of the award are:
- Your Graduate School award letter
- Your bank statements
Georgetown University is required to report master’s stipends for international students to the Internal Revenue Service. International students are required to meet with the Tax Department to complete all necessary tax paperwork. Reference this Tax Department page on the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s website in preparation.
International students may also be required to obtain either a U.S. Social Security Number or IRS Individual Taxpayer ID number. Check with the Office of Global Services and the Tax Department.
International Master’s Stipend Tax
Please remember to do the following:
- Visit the Tax Department website to review required documentation
- Scan the following documentation:
- Save signed award letter and all required tax documentation as a PDF file and send to Lawrence Smith labeled exactly as follows:
“[Legal Last Name], [Legal First Name] Graduate Non-Service Stipend” and email to: email@example.com