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  1. One of the phd programs I've been accepted to is offering me a TA stipend that's well below $15,000 a year, and that's before fees (which sound like they will be in the neighborhood of $1500 or so). The TAship would be normal, involving like 20 hrs a week. The letter didn't mention anything about additional opportunities for financial aid. Federal minimum wage (assuming full time work) is about $15,000 a year, and the school is in a high cost of living area. There's no way anybody could live on this stipend alone - they would have to get a part time job, take out loans, or apply for a heck of a lot of scholarships or grants (and hope that you manage to get them every year!). A part time job might not be so bad if you didn't have to spend 20 hrs a week on teaching assistant stuff in addition to classes, but I feel like there's no way anyone could put in the research, work, and sheer energy required to essentially work a full time job (I feel like a TAship + a part time job on the side would amount to that much), take classes, and churn out a dissertation all at the same time. Normally, I think of funding offers as being, on average, somewhere around $23,000 (plus or minus like a couple thousand). But I've heard of funding offers getting as low as like, 15-16,000 for cash-strapped departments (I think typically these schools are lower ranked, too), and as high as the lower to mid thirty thousands. The weirdest thing is, this school is a top 20 PGR program, so you'd think they'd be able to pay their students enough to live on, or at least pay them at or above annual federal minimum wage. Does anyone else think this is weird, or gotten offers like this themselves?
  2. The ACLS site says that notifications will be sent in late March. If anyone gets early news about first round cuts let us know. Otherwise, looking to share statuses with one another! Good luck!
  3. On 2/18/2018 I received a notification that my NSF GROW application was approved for funding. I was so excited and told my adviser and we started planning the rest of my PhD around my proposed project, started the visa application process for Australia, and started to contact the other lab when I got a notification today that nope. Not approved. Still being considered and NSF had an error. Did anyone else experience this?
  4. Charlotte Newcombe says they will send out announcements about preliminary first-round decisions in Feb. Has anyone heard anything yet?
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