Receiving Stipend Payments: Direct Deposit & Paper Checks

Stipend payments are awarded directly to the students, not used to offset student account balances. There are multiple ways to receive a stipend payment:

 

University’s preferred method, direct deposit:

o Direct deposit to a U.S. checking or savings account is the University's preferred method for issuing stipends to all students. This saves the time of picking up and processing a paper check, and makes the funds available much sooner. Learn how to enroll (https://sfs.columbia.edu/direct-deposit).

o In order for a stipend payment to be disbursed via direct deposit in a particular term, students must already be registered for that term when payment is initially processed.  Otherwise, the stipend will be processed as a paper check.

 

Picking up a paper check at the Payments and Deposits Office:

o Students can pick up stipend checks at the Payments and Deposits Office (https://sfs.columbia.edu/about-us#cashiering) of Student Financial Services.

o Stipend checks may be pick up upon presentation of a valid University ID card.  Checks will not be released to a student who is not registered for that term if registration is required.

 

Designate someone else to pick up the payment:

o Email Payments and Deposits Office, with the name of the person whom you have designated to pick up your check. Be sure also to copy your designee. The designee must bring a picture ID to verify their identity when retrieving your check from Payments and Deposits Office.

 

Arrange for the payment to be mailed:

o Email Payments and Deposits Office, with the complete mailing address to which the check should be mailed via USPS. The Payments and Deposits Office will confirm the estimated time of arrival of the check.