John just got accepted to a Ph.D. program in Computer Science. He also received a fellowship in the form of TA-RA-ships which comes with a stipend of $34,000/year for 4 years.
However, John is currently receiving Disability Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the U.S government which prohibits him from having any income.
He is only interested to have his tuition covered without receiving extra money.
1) Is it okay for John to ask the university to forfeit the stipend? (or for any other reasons than the above).
2) Can John ask rather to receive the stipend, to have the amount apply to his tuition after the 4th year?
John appreciates your thoughts on this... Thanks :)