At the end of each quarter, the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office forwards an election form to each cooperating teacher who has hosted a student teacher. The cooperating teacher elects his/her compensation (either a $200 cash stipend OR a $250 tuition waiver certificate). The cooperating teacher returns the completed and signed election form to the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office for processing.
All SUNY institutions must have a completed Federal W-9 tax form on file for each cooperating teacher, administrator, and/or internship host in order to properly process stipend/tuition waiver certificates and any other honoraria or earnings. Our office will only need to collect the completed/original W-9 form once, which will be stored at our SUNY Cortland Business Office.
As mandated by the State, the stipend check is mailed to the cooperating teacher at his/her home address from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The tuition waiver certificate is forwarded to the cooperating teacher at his/her school address, unless there are specific instructions from school district administration.
Since only one cooperating teacher will be compensated by the State of New York, only one teacher can receive an election form. If a student teacher has been hosted by more than one cooperating teacher in a quarter, they must complete an affidavit identifying which cooperating teacher will be compensated. The affidavit, considered a legal document, is verified by the college supervisor and is maintained by the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office.