Common Q & As (Found on Graduate Studies' Web Site)
Q. Once I advance to candidacy, do I need to register?
A. If you intend to receive your degree, you must be either registered or on approved filing fee status. If you let your student status lapse, you may have to apply for readmission. You must be registered if you:
- Hold an academic student appointment title such as a GSR or TA (unless you are using the one quarter exception to registration);
- Use University facilities and consult regularly with faculty; or
- Receive a fellowship or financial aid
If your research requires that you be outside California for an entire quarter and you need to stay registered, you may petition for In Absentia Registration and pay partial fees. For more information, read the In Absentia Registration Policy and the FAQs. You may also download the In Absentia Registration form.
Q. What is the Filing Fee and am I eligible for this program?
A. The Filing Fee program was established expressly to assist those students who have completed all requirements for degrees except filing theses and dissertations and /or taking final examinations and are no longer using University facilities. The Filing Fee is a reduced fee, paid in lieu of registration fees. It is assessed only once. The Filing Fee option preserves your candidacy status with the University within approved time limits; however, you are no longer considered a full-time registered student by the University and are not entitled to the same benefits and privileges as a registered student. Filing Fee is normally approved for one quarter only.
Q. Will I be covered by the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) while I'm on Filing Fee or Planned Educational Leave (PELP) status?
A. SHIP members who go on PELP or Filing Fee status may extend their SHIP coverage for the first quarter / semester of PELP or Filing Fee status only. This extension of coverage is not automatic and your insurance fees will be higher while on PELP or Filing Fee status. Application for enrollment as a PELP or Filing Fee student must be made within five days of your registration status change. Contact Student Health Services for more information.