Doctoral Dissertation Students
Students who are in the dissertation phase of their doctoral degree are eligible for loans when they take at least one credit hour.
This applies to students in the following programs:
- Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
- Doctor of Education (Ph.D.)
- Doctor of Organizational Leadership (Ph.D.)
- Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
- Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
- Doctor of Communication (Ph.D.)
- Doctor of Counselor Education and Supervisor (Ph.D.)
- Doctor of Psychology (including internship) (Psy.D.)
It is important that students in the dissertation stage of their program properly answer the question on the Information Request Form that asks whether or not the student is in this stage of their degree. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application. Also, as you enter this phase of your degree, please be sure to contact the Registrar's Office so they can properly update their records as they will be reporting enrollment statuses to the National Student Clearinghouse in order to update the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). This database is used by lenders to determine a student's last date of attendance. Once a student falls below the half-time minimum to receive a loan, or have a loan deferred, the six-month grace period prior to repayment begins. Properly notifying the Registrar's Office of your status as a doctoral dissertation student will help prevent improper reporting of your enrollment status.
In order to be considered half-time (loan eligible) when not in your dissertation phase, you must maintain at least three credit hours.