EK_aboutGrad Student Finances (GSF) was founded in 2014 as a resource for current and prospective graduate students. The founders are Emily and Kyle Roberts, who both completed PhDs from Duke University in 2014.

The idea for creating GSF grew out of their personal personal finance blog, Evolving Personal Finance, when they realized how popular and searched-for the posts specific to graduate students and personal finance were.

GSF relies on its community to provide illustrations for its core content articles as well as blog posts and side income posts. Please consider sharing a large or small money-related story from your grad school years. Email contact at gradstudentfinances dot org with the type of contribution you want to make and the subject. You can keep up with GSF news by subscribing to its mailing list.

Visit GSF’s sister site, PhD Stipends, to share your stipend information and see what others have shared.

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    1. The ORISE website is surprisingly clear… You’re fortunate on that point. Yes, since you are receiving non-compensatory (fellowship) pay you’re not supposed to contribute that pay to a traditional or Roth IRA. However, if you have some other taxable compensation from another source, you would be able to contribute that income. On the plus side, you won’t pay FICA or Medicare tax on your income, so you have more money in your pocket! You can open a taxable investment account that you personally earmark for retirement and pay quite minimal taxes on it if you are careful about your investment choices.

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