Minimum Stipends

All students in the JDP program make different amounts of money and this is unavoidable. Most mentors pay as much as they can, but you should always be receiving a minimum stipend of $18,000 per year (as of the 2013-2014 academic year).

Students are responsible for seeing to it that all necessary forms, etc. are in place in order for paychecks to be received.

SDSU

At SDSU, students sometimes receive funding through the Psychology Department as Graduate Associates and Graduate Teaching Assistants.  These students receive a contract and letter from the Dean of the College of Sciences.  Contracts are to be signed and returned to the Psychology Department.  Students may be required to sign in at the Human Resources Office located on the fourth floor of the Gateway Annex building.

Most students funded at SDSU do so through faculty grants administered by the SDSU Foundation.  Those students need to check with their supervisors to be sure all necessary procedures are completed.  Additionally, they may need to sign in at the Foundation personnel office at the Gateway Center.

UC San Diego

At UC San Diego, students may need to be officially hired by the Department of Psychiatry for some Research Assistantships; in other cases students need to check with the supervisor at the VA or other institution to make certain that necessary payroll forms have been submitted.

Setting Up Direct Deposit at UC San Diego

Please arrange to have direct deposit of any checks received from UC San Diego. Even with an SDSU mentor and stipend paid through SDSU, it is recommended that all students sign up for direct deposit at UC San Diego for quicker receipt of travel awards.

There are three (3) offices on UC San Diego campus that provide direct deposit for graduate students:

  1. Student Business Services (stipend payments for domestic students):  https://www-act.ucsd.edu/studentEBill/StudentBilling
  2. Payroll (TA and GSR employment checks):  http://blink.ucsd.edu/finance/payroll/processes/enroll.html
  3. Disbursements (travel and other personal reimbursement):  http://blink.ucsd.edu/buy-pay/payment-methods/direct-deposit/enroll.html

To be on the safe side, international students may want to sign up for both Payroll and Disbursements even if not being paid by UC San Diego as some supplemental stipends must be sent through payroll as opposed to the Disbursement office.

NOTE:  If a student elects to take longer than five years to complete the program they should know that the program cannot promise support or tuition beyond that time.  Additionally, if a student takes a leave of absence and loses their California residency, they will be responsible for their own out-of-state tuition should they return to the program.