^ Rochacha is 18k
wrong. ask around. or look at grad cafe for past few years.
Maybe I'm old and not remembering exactly, but I believe my NSF about 20 years ago was 12,000 for 9 months give or take a few thousand. Using BLS CPI that would be 18,000 nowadays. Either grad students are living much better nowadays or the CPI is underestimating inflation.