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When do I apply?
Co-terminal applications must be submitted
before the end of applicants’ 1st semester of the senior
year. Applicants must have 90 credits (in progress
or earned) of coursework towards their undergraduate degree
(101 credits for Architecture students).
Application is available online at
Co-Terminal Program Application
Where do I find a Plan of Study?
The Plan of Study is available on-line at the Office of
Graduate Education website Plan of
What if the courses I list on the Plan of Study
If the courses listed change, an updated plan must be
filed with your Department, the Office of Graduate
Education, and the Office of the Registrar.
Financial Aid, Tuition and Fees
Can I receive both Undergraduate Financial Aid and
Graduate TA/RA aid?
No - If you receive a Graduate TA/RA you are no longer
eligible for undergraduate financial aid or the co-terminal
Do I have to file a FAFSA for my 5th year to get
the Undergraduate aid?
Yes - you must file a FAFSA, if you receive need based
I have a TA from my department. Do I need to notify
Yes - You must apply and be accepted to a traditional
Master’s or PhD program to be awarded a TA. Careful
coordination is required with the Graduate Admissions and
Registrar’s Offices to ensure that you properly withdraw
from the co-terminal program and apply for traditional
As a co-terminal student will I be eligible to
receive a fifth year of NY state grants and scholarships,
such as the Tuition Assistance Program
No - You are only eligible for 4 years of such
When/how does a student get assigned a graduate
Co-terminal students will continue to work with their
undergraduate adviser and should contact their department
to be assigned a graduate advisor.
How many credits will I be eligible to register
Students should be following the plan of study which was
developed with their adviser and approved by the Office of
Graduate Education. Students who are taking mostly graduate
level courses should be registering for what is considered
a full load for graduate students, 15 credits. If the
student is still completing some undergraduate courses,
then 16-18 credits may be appropriate.
Can I become a part-time student in the Co-Terminal
Co-terminal student must remain as full time students
and cannot shift to part-time status.
Should I apply for my undergraduate degree if I
will be registered into an 11th semester?
If you are continuing into an 11th semester, you will no
longer be eligible for undergraduate aid. You should apply
for your bachelor's degree at that point.
When do I receive my BS degree? I was supposed to
graduate in May 2010 but I will be completing 2 more
semester to receive my Master's degree under the
You will receive both degrees at the end of your 10th
semester. You should file a degree application with the
Office of the registrar for each degree at the beginning of
the semester in which you will actually graduate with both
degrees. See the academic calendar for deadline
Can I use a course for both my undergraduate and
No - credits applied to satisfying requirements of the
undergraduate degree cannot be used to satisfy the
requirements for the master's degree.
I have decided not to continue my studies in the
co-terminal program. How do I receive my BS
You must first, formally withdraw from the co-terminal
program. This is done using the
Graduate Student Request for Change of Status
You must then file a
Degree Application for the next graduation date.
Rensselaer has three official graduation dates - the end of
August, the end of December, and mid-May. Check the
academic calendar for application submission deadlines.
Can I still designate courses as Pass/No
Co-terminal students are subject to graduate degree
program guidelines after they've earned the minimum number
of credits required for their bachelors degree (which will
range from 124 to 128 depending on the School). Any courses
taken after a student has reached the minimum, will be
subject to graduate level policies, and graduate policies
prohibit designating a graduate course as Pass/No
Can I participate in the Commencement ceremony with
You must meet the criteria for participation and file a
petition, available in the Registrar's Office.