What are students paid? Student compensation includes the following: A stipend of $5,000 for the 11-week session (paid every 2/3 weeks);free furnished housing at the UNM Sevilleta Field Station. * NOTE: Stipends are paid by the University of New Mexico. The Unversity does not take out federal or state income taxes or social security taxes. The University will submit payment information to the IRS and the students will receive a 1099 Form. Students should plan accordingly, because this income is taxable.* Read more about What are students paid?