Extension of Tuition and Fees Coverage for GAT, GAL, and GAR Students Delayed by COVID-19
The University recognizes that COVID-19 has caused profound disruptions for our students. The consequences of these disruption may vary by student, but it is clear that working remotely, as well as restrictions on travel, lab and facility access, and person-to-person contact, has impeded progress to degree for many of you. For Ph.D. students on GAT, GAL, or GAR assistantships, there is University-wide mandate requiring your tuition and fees be covered by your program or alternative sources of funding. The mandate covers you for four or five years, depending on your entry status. See the Tuition and Fee Payments webpage for details. If your mandate period ended in May, August, or December 2020, or May 2021, and COVID-19-related factors have caused a delay in your progress toward your degree, know that the mandate sets minimum coverage. You may request an extension of tuition and fee coverage required by the mandate up to a year to accompany your assistantship. We encourage you to contact your program faculty, graduate director, staff advisor, or graduate student organization for guidance. If your mandated coverage is not expired, but you anticipate needing extra time to degree, know that we are aware of the possibility and expecting requests over the next few years. We are prioritizing requests from students who are in the last year of mandated coverage.