notcaca wrote:I am an international student, and have some questions about funding.
1. Are stipends usually enough to live on comfortably?
2. What is a "good" funding offer?
unitofobscurity wrote:Agreed, it's highly variable. In Ithaca NY your stipend will make you solidly middle class. In the Bay Area, you may still need to take out student loans to pay the rent.
I know a couple who did grad school at Cornell together, and between the two of them they had enough money to get a mortgage for a house. By contrast, rent in Berkeley CA for a studio apartment starts at close to $1500 per month (according to friends there).
Wherever you get in, you should ask current grad students whether they can afford rent and food on their stipend without taking on extra debt (or parental support, &c).
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