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Process Overview

Definition: Service-Free Stipends

The word ‘stipend’ is used in a variety of ways in the Vanderbilt community. This process defines a stipend as a payment which is service-free. A service-free stipend is one that generally does not require a service to be performed in order to receive payment. These payments are requested using the stipend request form. Payments for which services must be rendered (such as a teaching assistant) are considered compensation or regular salary. These types of payments are requested using a Personnel Action Form (PAF). PAF's will need to be routed through the normal payroll request process. 


Requesting Stipend Payments

Colleges, schools, departments and interdisciplinary centers identify who will receive stipend funding. Refer to your area for policies and procedures that should be followed for appointments that are supported by stipends.