Well, personally, I feel rich on my stipend.
IMO, don't go into academia/science if money is a major motivator for you. Or else you'll spend your grad school/post-doc (*ahem* postdoc in my lab, I'm looking at you)/junior faculty years constantly complaining about how much money your friends make, how little they work, what cars they all drive, blah blah blah...
Right, I was referring to professional schools like vet school, medical school, and law school. Students in PhD science programs have access to many funding options, but professional school students do not.
Originally Posted by altai_rose