Set Yourself Up for
Financial Success
in Graduate School:
Post-Decision Day
Taught by Dr. Emily Roberts of Personal Finance for PhDs
Attend this FREE webinar exclusively for
rising FUNDED graduate students.
Learn how to right-size your budget and
prepare for your first paycheck.
Register below for the free webinar on
Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 5:00 PM PT.
What Will the Webinar Cover?
How much can I afford to spend on...?
This is the ideal time to critically evaluate the stipend you'll receive in your first year of graduate school because you have the opportunity to right-size the large, fixed expenses in your budget.
Namely, the webinar will teach you guidelines as to how much you can afford to spend on rent and other necessary expenses. These guidelines will tell you how aggressively frugal you should be with your housing and transportation, and the webinar goes over methods for minimizing these expenses.
When you attend the webinar, you'll receive a template spreadsheet in which you can start drafting your grad student budget, even before you've moved to your grad school city.
How much money should I save up for my move/start-up costs?
Unfortunately, many graduate students start graduate school on their back foot managing debts incurred during their move and matriculation. Don't let this be you!
The webinar will list the categories of expenses you may incur as a new graduate student so that you can investigate their costs and timing and determine how much you need to save up for these transition costs.
How much will my first paycheck be?
Believe it or not, stipend paychecks are a bit of a mystery at some institutions. When will they arrive, and in what amount will they be? The webinar lists the common paycheck scenarios so that you can uncover in advance when your paycheck will arrive and in what amount it will be so that you can effectively plan your budget.
Some graduate student paychecks have income tax automatically withheld from them, like any regular job. Others do not—and paying income tax becomes the responsibility of the student, not the university. The webinar will tell you what to ask to figure out which camp you fall into and what to do if income tax is not being withheld from your paycheck.
Register below for the free webinar on
Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 5:00 PM PT.
Who Is the Webinar for?
This webinar is exclusively for people who:
  • Will matriculate into a graduate program in the US in fall 2022
  • Are funded—will receive a stipend on top of funding for tuition/fees
Current undergraduate seniors, master's students, and bachelor's or master's degree holders in the work force are all welcome—as long as you're expecting to start a new graduate program in fall 2022.
What Is "Set Yourself Up for Financial
Success in Graduate School?"
"Set Yourself Up for Financial Success in Graduate School" is my financial education series for people who are preparing to attend funded master's and PhD programs. It is your financial guide through application season, admission season, and the lead-up to matriculation.
If you apply what you learn in this series, you will not become the stereotypical "broke grad student."
The topics the series covers are:
  • How grad school funding offers are structured [July]
  • Applying for fellowships [August]
  • Investigating how programs are funded in your field [September]
  • The financial cost of graduate school [October]
  • Credit [November]
  • Financial/life vision for grad school + money mindset [December]
  • Reading an offer letter [January]
  • Cost of living [February]
  • Negotiation [March]
  • Draft a budget / right-size your housing and transportation [April]
  • Start-up costs, savings, and side hustles [May]
  • Paycheck and tax investigation [June]
If you this this series would be valuable for the class coming up behind you, please recommend it to an appropriate host at your college/alma mater!
Register below for the free webinar on
Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 5:00 PM PT.
Who Will Present the Webinar?
I'm Emily Roberts, the founder of Personal Finance for PhDs.
I started out on the PhD track just like you are. I completed my PhD in biomedical engineering at Duke University in 2014 after living for seven years on a stipend.
During that time, my passion for personal finance grew and grew, as did my desire to serve my own community.
I founded my business, Personal Finance for PhDs, after I defended. Over the years, assist PhDs and PhDs-to-be with their personal finances through many avenues, including speaking engagements at universities, individual and group financial coaching, webinars and workshops, ebooks, a membership community, and my podcast.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can international students attend?
Yes! Anyone who has committed to a master's or PhD program in the US is welcome to come.
I can't attend live. Will there be a recording?
The free version of this event is live only.
The recording of the webinar will be added to the Personal Finance for PhDs Community, for which there is a membership fee. You can learn more about the Community and join it through this page.