Understanding your fellowship package FAQ


What is included in my OGAPS fellowship package?
How do I make sense of my fellowship award letter?
When can I expect to receive my funding?
I haven't received my funding. WHY?
How do I set up direct deposit?
Can I change the disbursement duration of my fellowship/assistantship? (EX: change from a 9 month disbursement to a 12 month or vice versa)
What requirements must I meet to keep my OGAPS fellowship?
How do I submit my insurance reimbursement to OGAPS (if eligible)?

Fellowship Package FAQ

What is included in my OGAPS fellowship package?

OGAPS provides a variety of graduate fellowships.  They include Dissertation, Graduate Diversity, Merit Interdisciplinary, Pathways, National Science Foundation (NSF) and National GEM Consortium fellowships.  Each fellowship package is different, so please refer to your award letter for your fellowship’s specific details.  

How do I make sense of my fellowship award letter?

Review the definitions below to better understand the fellowship financial terminology:

  • Assistantship* – Some fellows are on an assistantship during all or part of their fellowship.  The amount listed in this section of your award letter is what you will receive from your assistantship on an annual basis.  In essence, this is your TAMU paycheck.  Graduate students may be hired as teaching (GAT), research (GAR), non-teaching (GANT) or lecture assistants (GAL).  For more information on Assistantships click here. 
  • Fellowship* – This is your stipend.  Your stipend is the amount OGAPS contributes annually to your fellowship and is paid directly to your student Howdy account.  See the Duration of Assistantship information below for more information regarding how stipends are paid. 
  • Tuition & Fees – This is your payment towards tuition and fees.  It is paid directly to your student Howdy account at the beginning of each semester.  You must be enrolled full time at the beginning of each semester for the payment to process.  (Full-time enrollment is 9 hours for Fall and Spring and six hours for Summer.  For Dissertation Fellows the full time requirement is 1 hour.)
  • Duration of Assistantship – This is the time period, either selected by your department or mandated by your fellowship type, that determines over what length of time your funds will be dispersed.  Some fellowships, but not all, have the option of either a 9-month or 12-month duration of disbursement.  If 12 months is selected, your Assistantship and Fellowship will be spread across a 12 month payment schedule.  Your Tuition and Fees will be spread across Fall, Spring and Summer.  If 9 months is selected, your funds will be spread across a 9 month payment schedule and you will not receive funds during the Summer semester. 
  • Annual Insurance reimbursement – Some fellows receive an insurance reimbursement benefit during all or part of their fellowship.  If you are eligible it will be listed in your award letter and will designate the length of the benefit.  Please note, as a Fellow you are NOT automatically enrolled in insurance.  You must take the necessary steps to self-enroll.  To find out more about your TAMU insurance options, please contact Laura Fritsch, laurafritsch@tamu.edu, at TAMU Benefit Services. OGAPS reimburses the cost of medical-only coverage up to the current cost of the TAMU Graduate Student Health Plan for fellows only.  Students must submit the appropriate paperwork to receive the reimbursement.  Reimbursements are then posted to your student Howdy account as a scholarship.
  • Total Annual Award Package – The total financial amount you are awarded each year.   

*Amount paid monthly is based on your total stipend amount divided by the Duration of Assistantship/Fellowship selection. 
 

When can I expect to receive my funding?

If receiving Fellowship (stipend) payments, payment is paid based on the disbursement schedule set by Student Financial Aid each year.  You can view the current disbursement schedule at http://scholarships.tamu.edu/GRADUATE/Fellowships-Assistantships.  All stipend disbursements are timed so that funds hit your bank account by the first of the month.  To ensure that funds get to you as quickly as possible, be sure to set up your direct deposit and that you have no holds, no outstanding balances or other issues with your student Howdy account. 
If receiving a Tuition & Fees payment, the payment is posted to your student Howdy account after the 12th class day of the semester and before student payment is required. 

I haven't received my funding. WHY?

If you haven’t received your funding, make sure of the following:

  • Is it the first of the month following the disbursement date?  Disbursement dates do not coincide with the date funds will arrive into your account.  Funds should hit your bank account by the first of the month following the disbursement date.   
  • Are you registered full time?  You must be registered full time to receive your funding.  Full time registration for Fall and Spring is nine hours and six hours for Summer.  For Dissertation Fellows, the full time requirement is 1 hour.
  • Do you have a balance or any holds on your account?   If you have a balance, funds will be used to satisfy your balance first.  If you have a hold on your account, funds will not be dispersed until you resolve the hold with Student Business Services.  You can contact Student Business Services at 979-845-9406.


How do I set up direct deposit?

You can find information on how to set up direct deposit at http://sbs.tamu.edu/refunds/.

Can I change the disbursement duration of my fellowship/assistantship? (EX: change from a 9 month disbursement to a 12 month or vice versa)

Only Graduate Merit Fellows awarded in 2015-16 and before can request a change of duration of disbursement.

What requirements must I meet to keep my OGAPS fellowship?

  1. Be registered full-time (or as required by your Fellowship type). 
  2. Maintain the minimum GPA as stated in your award letter. 
  3. Complete the OGAPS Annual Survey distributed in the Spring in order to receive funding for the next academic year. 
  4. For all other requirements, please review your award letter carefully. 

How do I submit my insurance reimbursement to OGAPS (if eligible)?

Proof of insurance payment should be emailed to ogaps-award-admin@tamu.edu.  You may submit for reimbursement for the entire year if paid in full or you may submit as often as monthly.  All insurance reimbursements must be submitted by August 31st of the academic year.  Insurance reimbursements are processed by OGAPS typically within 1 to 3 days.  Once your reimbursement is processed you will receive a confirmation email and your reimbursement should post to your student account in 5 to 7 business days.  For questions regarding insurance reimbursements and OGAPS Fellowship package, please email ogaps-award-admin@tamu.edu

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