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GSAS--Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Student Registration

Q: What is the deadline to register?

A: There are varying deadlines to add/drop courses within any term, please refer to the Academic Calendar on the Graduate College. However, Graduate students should attempt to finalize their schedule by the 10th day of instruction. University reporting is done based on 10th day registration reports, this may impact your financial aid, appointment status with the University, visa status, loan deferment, etc.

Q: How many hours do I need to be registered for?

A: Graduate College does not have a minimum number of hours a student must register for. However, the student’s department may have a minimum requirement, or the student may be expected to meet a minimum registration requirement for other purposes (Financial aid, visa status, fellowship, loan deferment, etc.)

Q: Do I need to register?

A: If you are in a classroom, or in order to be given access to online course materials, you must register appropriately. You are also required to register if it is your first term of enrollment, the term you are taking your preliminary or final exam for your doctoral dissertation or if you hold a waiver-generating appointment (applicable to Fall and Spring terms) you are required to register for the applicable term. Please see the Graduate College Handbook for further information on registration:http://www.grad.illinois.edu/gradhandbook/2/chapter2

Q: Can I register just to hold my student status?

A: There is no way to register for an “empty” course simply to maintain your student email and to avoid having to apply for re-entry. Students may want to look into our Registration Options Brochure to compare alternative registration options.

Graduate Student Records

Q:What is a Petition?

A: Petitions are a term used to request an exception to a deadline or published Graduate College policy. The form to make this request is called the Graduate Student Request form.

Q: What is a Record request?

A: A record request is a request a student can make to change something on their academic record. This differs from a petition in that the student is not asking to be an exception to a policy or deadline, but rather requesting that something be changed. Example: Changing your major curriculum, or adding a minor to your student record. The form to make this request is the Graduate Student Request form.

Q: How can check status of my Graduate Student Request form:

A: Contact your major department. They will be able to give you the status of your request.

Q: What does my graduate GPA consist of?

A: Your graduate level cumulative GPA consists of all courses taken while enrolled as a Graduate student at the University of Illinois.

Q: What is the repeated course policy?

A: The Credit for Repeated Courses policy is located here: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/gradhandbook/2/chapter3/grading-system. Your grades will be averaged out in your cumulative GPA.

Q: I received an “I” grade in a course. How does the official final grade get reported?

A: Your instructor must submit the grade change through the appropriate methods to the Office of the Registrar. Please be aware if grades are not turned in by the posted deadlines, your “I” grade may result in an F by Rule. Please refer to policy on Incomplete grades: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/gradhandbook/2/chapter3/grading-system

 

If you have questions about Graduate College polices, deadlines, or need help with your student record, please contact us:

Graduate Student Academic Services
217-333-2364
gradacserv@illinois.edu
Located
in 320 Illini Union Bookstore (North Entrance)
Walk-in Hours: Monday-Friday 9-noon  and 1-5 p.m.