Frequently Asked Questions
What if a TF/GF is receiving student loans?
As these funds are considered tuition remission, Financial Aid will simply reduce the amount of loans you will need to repay. For example, if a student is receiving loans and becomes a full position TF or GF, the $3600 tuition remission award will be deducted from the loans, effectively making the loan debt smaller by $3,600. For an example of the award's effect on student loans, please click here, or contact Financial Aid at 212-998-0790 for more information.
Can a student have more than one TF or GF position at the same time?
Yes, but there is a strict limit of 2 positions, or a total of 20 hours per week. For example, a student could hold 2 half TF positions and a full TF position for three different courses. Or a GF could work 10 hours per week in one administrative department and 10 hours per week in another administrative department at the same time.
The above applies to the Fall and Spring semesters.
What are the rules for Summer positions?
TFs may not exceed the 20 hours per week maximum or 1 position and GFs can work up to 280 hours total during the summer. For additional information regarding ineligibility for graduated international students please click here.
What is the tuition remission award for a Winter Intersession class?
Generally, $900 or $1,800 for a 1.5-credit class, $1,800 or $3,600 for a 3-credit class. The amount is determined by the course's enrollment.
Are all courses eligible for a full teaching fellowship?
Please note that some courses may only be eligible for a half TF (working 5 hours per week) based on enrollment, course weight (full or half), and credit hours. For further information, course eligibility for TFs is described in the section on Instructions to Faculty and Administrators.
Can a teaching fellow receive additional compensation for private tutoring?
No. Students may not make independent arrangements for additional compensation to tutor students in the class to which they are assigned as a TF. Petitions for exceptions to this policy must be accompanied by the following, submitted in writing by the instructor:
1) A complete description of the TF's responsibilities
2) A guarantee that the TF will not be engaged in any interpretive assessment of student work
Can a student from a school other than NYU participate in this program?
No. This is not allowed.
Can a TF/GF be paid by check instead of by tuition remission?
During the Academic Year, payment by check is only permitted if a student is a full scholarship recipient or is receiving full funding from an external source such as an employer. During the Summer Session, all full time students are eligible to be paid by check since they are not enrolled for any courses. Checks are issued by the Payroll Office, and check payments are subject to taxes.
Are Consortium Fellows or other Scholarship recipients eligible for these positions?
Yes. In such cases, students are paid via a check from the Payroll Office, which is subject to taxes.
Can TF/GF tuition remission be credited to the student's tuition bill for a semester other than the one in which the student is working?
No. Students must be paid in the semester in which they work.
Can a class have a TF and a Tutor at the same time?
This is not permitted at Stern's expense. However, faculty members may use their STARS accounts to pay for eligible TFs, Graders, and Tutors over and above amounts paid for by Stern.
Can a class have a TF and a Grader at the same time?
Please see above.
Can a class have a Tutor and a Grader at the same time?
Please see above.
Can a part-time student be a TF/GF?
Yes, as long as the student meets all other eligibility requirements.
Can a professor hire a student as a GF to do research?
No. A GF cannot be a Research Assistant for a professor. Students are hired as Research Assistants through a memo to Human Resources and are paid from the professor's STARS account. These students do not complete a TF/GF contract and do not receive tuition remission.
Can students participating in the Stern Consulting Corps (SCC) program be a TF/GF?
Yes. However, the SCC internship is considered one full position, and the strict limit of a total of 2 full positions still applies for SCC interns with a TF/GF position.