Ensuring Gallaudet’s financial stability, sustainability, and growth

The Finance Office is responsible for processing, reporting, and monitoring the financial transactions of Gallaudet University. This includes the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.

Excellent customer service is an integral part of what we do. Our goal is to provide high-quality services to our students, their parents, VR counselors, budget unit heads, their staff, other employees, and vendors.

Services provided include:


  • Serving students and their financial support needs
  • Managing business registration
  • Processing VR authorizations
  • Maintaining student account records
  • Explaining accounting procedures
  • Processing student loans
  • Issuing student refunds


  • Providing student account balance information
  • Responding to inquiries about enrollment fees
  • Processing payments

VR Counselors

  • Advising on student account information
  • Issuing billings for VR authorizations
  • Processing payments

Campus Community

  • Issuing timely and accurate financial reports
  • Disbursing funds as needed
  • Processing deposits
  • Providing training in accounting procedures
  • Supplying accounting forms
  • Accommodating travel needs
  • Processing payments and waivers for educational assistance


Meet the Team

Brad Hermes

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth Grazier

Executive Assistant

Crystal Harris

Director, Student Financial Services

Stephen DaSilva

Assistant Controller

John Skjeveland


Stephanie Johnson

Director, Strategic Sourcing

Tysha Battle

Director, Financial Planning and Analysis


Policies and Information

Stipend payments to participants should be made on a Departmental Scholarship and Stipend Award Form. The account code used will be either 5811 or 5831, depending on whether the payment is a stipend or other student award.
No. A payment to an individual who agrees to participate as a human subject in a research project is not a participant support cost and should be budgeted as Other Direct Costs in the project proposal.
The answer depends on the sponsor. Generally, costs for training grant programs are not considered participant support costs. Training grant programs are not typically short-term experiences and are not consistent with the types of experiences considered to be participant support activities. Trainees are also actively engaged in the scope of work, where participants do not perform work or service for the project or program.
It depends. If Gallaudet University has determined that student hourly employee is the appropriate role, then a compelling justification should be sent to the sponsoring agency representative about why that determination was made. Guidance from the National Science Foundation is that the institution determines whether a student hourly employee or participant is appropriate for the project. However, for the NSF REU program, any student involved would be considered a participant. The NSF REU program is intended to provide a practical educational experience for undergraduate students, to develop their research skills while being mentored. Given the goals of the NSF REU program, it is not possible to have both student hourly employees and participants— all students on an NSF REU project should be considered participants.
Projects with an educational or outreach component may include participant support costs. For example, a project may be in support of professional development and continuing education activities for secondary school teachers/educational professionals. Participant support costs for this project may include registration fees for the event, transportation to/from and lodging during the event, as well as a per diem allowance to cover meals and incidental expenses.
  • Stipend: A stipend is a set amount of money to be paid by Gallaudet University directly to the participant.
  • Travel: Travel includes the costs of transportation and associated travel-related expenses and must follow sponsor guidelines as well as Gallaudet University policies and guidelines. The sole purpose of the trip must be to participate in the project activity.
  • Subsistence Allowance: The cost of a participant’s housing and per diem expenses necessary for the individual to participate in the project are generally allowed, provided these costs are reasonable and limited to the days of attendance. Participants who live in the local area are not entitled to subsistence payments, although they may participate in meals and breaks provided at the meeting or conference.
  • Other: Certain other costs in support of the participant’s involvement may be allowable, including training materials or laboratory supplies.
    • Fees: The fees paid by or on behalf of a participant in connection with meetings, conferences, symposia, or training projects are generally allowable costs. Additionally, these fees may include laboratory fees, passport or visa fees for foreign participants, and registration fees.
Participant support costs do NOT include the following types of payments:
  • Travel for project PI or staff
  • Travel for a consultant providing services to the University, project, or program
  • Honoraria paid to a guest speaker or lecturer
  • Conference support costs such as facility rental or media equipment rental
  • Agreement with a provider for multiple training events (i.e., an ongoing contract with specific terms and conditions)
  • Travel to bring collaborators together to meet and discuss the project
  • Incentive payments to an individual who agrees to participate as a human subject in a research project
  • Cover room rental fees, catering costs, supplies, etc. related to an NSF-sponsored conference
Some examples that WOULD BE considered participant support costs:
  • An NSF project has been awarded an REU supplement. The REU supplement will enable 5 undergraduate students from around the country to participate in a summer research project with a Gallaudet University PI. The students will be paid a stipend and provided room and board over an 8-week period. The stipends and room/board would be considered participant support costs.
  • Gallaudet University is awarded a grant from a Federal agency to host an educational workshop in Washington, DC. Individuals (the audience is primarily post doctoral fellows from around the country) will apply for financial support to attend the conference. The financial support will cover the costs to travel to and attend the workshop. Travel costs, as well as lodging/meals during the event, would be considered participant support costs.
  • Gallaudet University receives an award from the NSF that includes an REU component. The REU component allows the PI’s lab to support undergraduate student positions during the academic year over the course of the three-year grant. The students will be mentored and will assist with various research projects, e.g., media preparation, plant tissue culture, cloning, and mutant analysis. The student support would be considered participant support costs.
  • NSF provides an award to Gallaudet University that includes an RET activity. The PI will host a teacher over the course of the summer who will gain research experience, and then use that knowledge to develop educational materials and activities. The teacher will pilot the activities with students and present the materials at regional conferences with fellow teachers. The teacher’s summer stipend, supplies for the activities, and travel to regional conferences would be considered participant support costs.
Some examples that would not be considered participant support costs:
  • Gallaudet University is part of a scientific collaboration involving PIs from five different institutions. Gallaudet University PI hosts a meeting with her Co-PIs and other scientists to discuss project progress. Collaborators must travel to Gallaudet to attend the meeting. The costs for this meeting of scientific collaborators to discuss the project would not be considered participant support costs.
  • As part of a conference grant, a Gallaudet University PI invites an expert in the field to talk about her recent discoveries that were featured in a prominent scientific journal. In order to support the expert’s attendance, the grant provides an honorarium of $2,000. The honorarium for the speaker would not be considered a participant support cost.
Participant support costs are allowable with prior sponsor approval, per the Uniform Guidance. In addition, individual agencies may have specific policies restricting the use and allowability of participant support costs. NSF has historically allowed participant support costs, for instance, in the REU and RET programs. NIH only allows participant support costs if they are explicitly identified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Other Federal and non-Federal sponsors may allow participant support costs under some circumstances. Review the funding solicitation for specific instructions and contact Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) with any questions prior to proposal submission.
Yes, participant support costs must be explicitly identified in the budget and budget justification. For instance, the NSF budget form has a section specifically for participant support costs. If the budget form you are using does not have such a section, but you plan to include participant support costs, please explicitly identify any participant support costs in the budget and budget justification. Participant support costs are excluded from the MTDC base when calculating F&A costs. Identifying participant support costs will help ensure prior sponsor approval is requested and, if awarded, that Post Awards sets up a separate object code with appropriate F&A.
Maybe. Generally, it is not allowable to rebudget from the participant support costs category into other budget categories unless prior written approval has been obtained from the sponsor. If approval is obtained from the sponsor and funds are moved from participant support costs into other budget categories, F&A costs will be applied to the rebudgeted funds as appropriate.
Maybe. Adding a participant support component to the project will need prior approval from the sponsor. With the sponsor’s approval, one option to fund this new component would be to rebudget unused funds into participant support costs. OSP can assist with submitting a prior approval request to rebudget funds for this purpose. The other option would be for the PI to request a supplement for participant support costs. A supplemental proposal would need to be submitted. If approval were obtained for participant support costs, Post Awards would set up a new object code under the award in order to separately account for these costs and apply a 0% F&A rate as required by the Uniform Guidance.
Similar to other award-related expenses, a department must maintain back-up documentation for all participant support costs. This would include a list of program participants and evidence of attendance of participants, such as a daily log or similar documentation. Maintain official agendas held for all meetings and conferences. The department should maintain official agreements/contacts with speakers and presenters of meeting and conferences. Flyers and advertising materials for meetings and conferences should reference the appropriate awarding agency. For example: NSF as the sponsor for the S-STEM.
Yes. Previously, in A-21, the definition of Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC) did not address participant support costs. In the Uniform Guidance, the definition of MTDC addresses participant support costs. This means, for awards from any agency that are made under the Uniform Guidance, participant support costs (similar to equipment) should be excluded from the base used to calculate F&A costs.

Common Questions

Participant support costs are costs to support individuals who are receiving a training opportunity as part of a workshop, conference, seminar, symposium or other short-term instructional or information sharing activity funded by a sponsored award. Costs may include stipends or subsistence allowances, travel allowances, and registration fees paid to or on behalf of participants (not employees). A participant does not perform work or service for the project or program. The participant is not required to deliver anything or provide any service to the university in return for these support costs.

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