castlevania87 wrote:Students are paid on a 9-month stipend at Courant (~26k for 2012-2013 year). Where does the money come from for the other 3 months? well, the answer is you have to find on your own. There are some teaching opportunities which pays like 6k for 6 weeks of teaching (according to a recent phd alumnus). If you have an advisor, and he/she has funding, then you can also get something. OR you can go out to find some internship opportunities. Basically, they expect you to outsourcing by yourself, unlike many other schools, fundings are offered on a 12-month basis.
I was under the impression that the 9-month stipend was standard in mathematics (it was certainly the default offer for all the math programs I was accepted to). Summer funding is often available in some form (e.g. teaching, research, etc.), but is usually not guaranteed. Note: some programs do have extra funds for students they're trying hard to recruit, and will make an additional promise of guaranteed summer funding for just those students.
This might just be for the schools to which I was offered admission, so please do correct me if I'm wrong.