Applicants whose undergraduate degrees will be conferred soon after their Relay admissions deadline are not eligible to be matriculated students at Relay. They may instead be eligible for non-matriculated (i.e., non-matric) status. When a student is late grad non-matric, there are significant academic, financial, and certification implications. Most notably, late grad non-matric students are not working toward a degree, not eligible for certification, not eligible for federal financial aid, and not eligible for in-school deferment. They must submit their undergraduate transcript showing they have earned their bachelor’s degree before they can matriculate.
Given these implications, applicants should very carefully consider whether or not the non-matric option is right for them. It is strongly recommended that applicants consult the schools where they will be teaching and/or their sponsoring organization about this decision. Please see here to more about the implications of being a late grad non-matric student.
How do I apply to Relay as a Late Graduate?
Applying as a non-matric student requires you to submit three documents:
- Your current official transcript (directions here).
- A letter from your undergraduate Registrar’s Office indicating that are on track to graduate (example here).
- Our Late-Grad Non-Matric Policy. Please submit your Registrar Letter and signed policy directly on your application.
Contact your Registrar’s office to find out when your degree-conferred transcript will be available to you.
- If you will not be able to provide Relay with a degree-conferred transcript by your admissions deadline, apply to be a non-matric student. Make sure you will be able to provide a degree conferred transcript by October 1, 2020 as that is the final deadline for transcripts that show you have earned your bachelor's degree.
- If you will be able to provide Relay with a degree-conferred transcript by your admissions deadline, have one sent to Relay.
Tip: We recommend applicants only apply to be non-matrics if they will not be able to provide Relay with a transcript showing their bachelor's degree has been conferred before their admissions deadline. This is because becoming a non-matric requires more paperwork from applicants and there are significant academic, financial and certification implications to being a non-matric.
Am I be eligible for federal aid as a non-matric student?
To learn more about your eligibility for a federal direct loan, please see our Support Center article, “Am I eligible for a federal direct loan?”
- Together, your transcript and Registrar’s letter serve as temporary placeholders until we receive your official undergraduate transcript demonstrating that you earned a bachelor's degree (which you need to submit to Relay by October 1).
- Please keep in mind that as a late graduate non-matriculated student, you will be not considered for matriculated enrollment until we receive your official undergraduate transcript demonstrating that you earned a bachelor's degree.
- As a non-matriculated student, you will not be working towards a degree, eligible for certification, nor, if relevant to your program, eligible for financial aid nor eligible for loan deferment.
- If Relay does not receive an official transcript showing that you have earned your bachelor’s degree by October 1, 2020, you will be administratively withdrawn from Relay.