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Payment Information

Participants receive payments as support for their living and other expenses during this educational experience. Payment rates are determined by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and ORAU officials. Faculty participant payments will be based upon their regular university salary or program guidelines.

Several of the Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory offer a housing allowance if you are not local to the East Tennessee area. Check your program’s information page for details. (Find your program on the Applicants page.)

Pay Schedule

Payments for ORAU participants are paid bi-weekly or monthly according to a pre-determined schedule depending on program type. Monthly payments will be received on the last business day of the month.

Direct Deposit

You must sign up for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), i.e., direct deposit, for payments. The EFT Application form is included in your appointment packet. Payments will be electronically deposited to one account only. EFT requires you to have a U.S. bank account; we cannot transfer funds to foreign institutions.

Health Insurance Deduction

If you enroll in the ORAU health insurance plan, you can expect to have the premium deducted from your payment each month.

Other Sources of Income

Because the educational benefits of the appointment are the primary focus of the program, the participant may not provide services for compensation to a third party that conflict with the appointment. Awards, prizes, scholarships, Veterans Administration benefits, and other payments may be accepted by the participant provided they do not represent dual payment for the same activity.

Taxability of Stipends

For information on tax liabilities and how to file federal tax forms, please contact a licensed tax professional in your jurisdiction. We recommend that you provide your tax preparer with a copy of the most recent Terms of Appointment.

Taxes in Tennessee

There is no state income tax on wages and salaries in Tennessee. However, the Hall Income Tax defines certain dividends and interests which are taxed. The sales tax (deductible in Tennessee) is 9.25% in Knoxville (8.25% on food). Local sales tax in Oak Ridge is 9.75%.