Although many programs state their intention to support their graduate students through assistantships for multiple years, assistantships are only provided on a semester- or year-basis. Future assistantships are not guaranteed or renewed automatically. Students should not assume their awards extend to any terms beyond those specifically stated in their award letters. Some departments have limits on the number of terms across which a student can receive an assistantship.
Assistants must submit an application for financial aid to be added to the list of applicants reviewed by the department for consideration for support along with other potential recipients. Award decisions are based on academic credentials, and progress, not on financial need. Students interested in reapplying for an assistantship should reapply for aid in CheckMarq by the application deadline each term.
A department’s decision to not renew an award cannot be appealed.