The Graduate Stipend Administration and Reporting (G-STAR) system is used to process student payments for fellowships, or other awards not associated with scholarships or compensation. This includes but is not limited to:
 
  1. Fellowship stipends
  2. Conference travel and research awards (where the activity was for the benefit of the student)
  3. Awards that are to be dispersed monthly
  4. Other expenses incurred for the benefit of the student as defined by the Student Payment Policy & Procedures at https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/payments-to-student-policy/

Which Payments are not Processed Through G-STAR?

G-STAR should not be used for scholarships, compensation, or to reimburse a student for University business expenses. Please follow use the systems below for these payments:
 
  1. Scholarships (awards based on academic merit) should be processed through the Alabama Scholarship Award System (ASAS). 
  2. Compensation (payment for work performed) should be processed through Payroll via a Personnel Action Form (PA).
  3. Reimbursements for University business expenses should be paid through Concur.

Using G-STAR

When entering payments in G-STAR please use the following guidelines: 

  • For lump sum payment, please select the “Single Payment” option.
  • For installment payments, please select the “Monthly payment” option.

Graduate and law student payments will be routed through the appropriate approval channels based on the FOAPAL provided. They will be reviewed and approved through G-STAR.

Payment will be scheduled as indicated in the system for each option and as follows:

  1. Single payment awards will be processed as soon as they have been approved and will appear on the student’s MyBama account according to Student Receivables’ payment schedule.
  2. Monthly payment awards will be processed for payment no later than the 26th day of each month covered by the award period (earlier where public holidays or weekends impact).
    • Fall awards will be paid in 5 installments starting in August and ending in December.
    • Spring awards will be paid in 4 installments starting January and ending in April.
    • Summer awards will be paid in 3 installments starting May and ending in July.
    • Awards sent to the Graduate School during the semester will be processed in equal installments over the number of months left in the period e.g. a spring award received in February will be paid in three equal installments in February, March, and April.

For monthly payment awards, the properly completed and approved form must be delivered to the Graduate School no later than the close of business listed in the Fellowships Payment Schedule in order for payment to be guaranteed by the month end.

NOTE: Where the award is paid from funds used for the first time to make graduate payments and no Banner detail code is set up, the user will request a new Banner detail code from the Student Account Services studentaccounts@ua.edu . This may delay the processing and payment of the awards beyond regular schedules.

NOTE: For the academic year, A student must be or have been enrolled for the award period to receive the scholarship or award. If a student is selected for an award in a year subsequent to his or her last enrollment (e.g. Honors Day), and the student is not expected to return in the upcoming semester, then the award must be processed on a Miscellaneous Disbursement Voucher, and sent to the Accounts Payable office. Note on the MDV that the payment is for a non-enrolled student.

The regular date for stipends to be applied to student accounts is set for around the 25th or 26th day of each month. This will assist students by ensuring that they have sufficient time to access available funds and deposit to a bank account before the end of each month. When this date falls on a weekend, payment will be made the preceding Friday.

Month

*Deadline for approval in G-STAR

Date when stipend is applied to

Student Account

August 2022 Monday, August 22nd 2022 Friday, August 25th 2022
September 2022 Tuesday, September 20th 2022 Monday, September 26th 2022
October 2022 Thursday, October 20th 2022 Wednesday, October 26th 2022
November 2022 **Tuesday, November 16th 2022 Friday, November 21st 2022
December 2022 ***Wednesday, December 14th 2022 Friday, December 19th 2022
January 2023 Friday, January 19th 2023 Thursday, January 26th 2023
February 2023 Tuesday, February 20th 2023 Friday, February 23rd 2023
March 2023 Tuesday, March 20th 2023 Friday, March 24th 2023
April 2023 Thursday, April 20th 2023 Wednesday, April 26th 2023
May 2023 Monday, May 22nd 2023 Friday, May 25th 2023
June 2023 Tuesday, June 21st 2023 Monday, June 26th 2023
July 2023 Thursday, July 20th 2023 Wednesday, July 26th 2023

*This is the deadline by which all approvers must have signed off on the payment

**In November, both submission deadline and payment dates are slightly earlier due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

***In December, both submission deadline and payment dates are much earlier due to the UA Christmas closures.

The regular date for stipends to be applied to student accounts is set for around the 25th or 26th day of each month. This will assist students by ensuring that they have sufficient time to access available funds and deposit to a bank account before the end of each month. Where this date falls on a weekend payment will be made the previous Friday.

All awards must be submitted to the Graduate School by the close of business on the deadlines listed above in order for payment to be guaranteed by the month end. This means that any payments which require additional approvals ‐ especially Contract & Grant funded fellowships – MUST be submitted before that date in order for them to approve and submit the forms to us by the deadline. This also includes any changes or updates for any award already in place, these must also be received in this office by the deadline for each month.