Time to completion starts when a student begins any program in the Graduate School, whether it be a master’s or doctoral program. All work must be completed within six years of the time of admission to graduate work, for those studying for the various master’s degrees; and within eight years for those studying for doctoral degrees. For those admitted directly into a Ph.D. program without a master’s degree in field, work must be completed within eight years. Individual programs may set a shorter time period.
Graduate students may receive federally funded assistance for the time to completion limits set up by the Graduate School – six (6) years for those studying for the various master’s degrees and 8 years for those studying for doctoral degrees. Students pursuing dual master’s degrees will receive aid for a maximum of six (6) years. Students in a combined master’s degree/doctoral degree program are eligible for assistance for a maximum of eight (8) years.
Graduate students who plan to enroll in a graduate degree program should keep in mind their aggregate loan limits. For more information, go to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at www.nslds.ed.gov. This site displays information on loan amounts, outstanding balances, loan statuses and disbursements.
Last Updated: 12/10/2012