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NSF REU Payment Process

Read about UCSD procedures for National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (REU) Program.

What are REU's

NSF REU's are intended to provide educational opportunities for undergraduate students.

REU Stipends are not intended to reimburse students for services rendered, it is intended for training and experience in research.

What are stipends

C&G Manual 7-219 (PDF) states "Payments to registered students unrelated to services rendered constitute stipends".

Additionally, C&G Manual 8-515 states: "For purposes of indirect cost base calculation, scholarships and fellowships which are exempt from the indirect cost rate calculation base are defined as financial aid paid to University students or postdoctoral scholars as stipends or dependent allowances. This indirect cost base exemption of scholarship and fellowships applies only to those which pay stipends or dependent allowance."

Stipends are not salaries.

How to budget and manage

Prior to 2012:

NSF 12-569 the IDC was 25% on the stipend portion, and 0% on the other REU costs

With the new solicitation effective 2012, IDC application has changed. All Participant Support costs are subject to 0% IDC.

How to pay students

Although NSF states that REU stipends can be paid out as scholarship or wages, UCSD procedures are as follows:

For UCSD students, stipends must be paid out through the Financial Aid Office SAM system.

Financial Aid Scholarship Payments

Financial Aid Office must process all undergrad scholarships – for all UCSD enrolled students. It does not matter if a student has financial need or not.

This requires an Aid ID Form submitted to the Scholarship Office for each IFOPAL – which will link the fund payment to the student account. The account code used must be 637560 which will ensure appropriate IDC calculations.

An email to Becky Obayashi is needed that lists the IFOPAL, student name, student ID#, amount per student, and month or date scholarship is to be paid.

Financial Aid Disbursement

Summer awards (July, Aug, early Sept – before Fall quarter ) normally DO NOT displace financial aid.

Academic Year awards DO displace financial aid (Sept. – June)

REU payments are part of a student's estimated financial assistance as defined by the Uniform Guidance, or 2 CFR 200. For questions related to how REU payments affect financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Non-UCSD student stipends are issued by submitted My Payments Request.

Disbursements will pay a scholarship for:

  • Non-enrolled student
  • Recent senior graduate
  • Travel scholarships