Seven-Year Funding Eligibility

A comprehensive program of financial aid is available for PhD students, including fellowships and appointments in teaching and research as appropriate to the program. PhD students normally receive the annual prevailing stipend and appropriate tuition and health fees for five years, provided that they remain in good academic standing and, in the case of student officers, have discharged responsibly their pedagogical or research duties. 

After the fifth year of funding (the fourth for students with advanced standing), students may be eligible for, but are not entitled to, additional support.

Students are not eligible to receive GSAS fellowships after their seventh year of registration. Exceptions are made only for students who are beyond their seventh year of registration and currently hold a major external fellowship that was awarded competitively, and which requires that GSAS contribute to the cost of tuition and health fees.

These time limits and restrictions on funding do not affect a student's ability to apply for outside grants or Title IV funding (Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford and Grad PLUS Loans and Federal Work-Study).

Note: The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires that all work for the PhD degree be completed within nine years of full-time registration, less any advanced standing granted, as noted in the regulation concerning satisfactory academic progress.