Applicants whose undergraduate degrees will be conferred soon after their Relay admissions deadline or who are admitted based on the submission of unofficial transcripts 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 non-matric due to an outstanding bachelor's degree, there are significant academic, financial, and certification implications. Most notably, non-matric students due to outstanding bachelor's degree are not working toward a degree, not eligible for certification, not eligible for federal financial aid, and not eligible for in-school deferment until they have become matriculated. Applicants must submit their official 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 non-matric student due to an outstanding bachelor's degree.
How do I apply to Relay as a non-matric student due to an outstanding bachelor's degree?
Applying as a non-matric student requires you to submit two documents:
- Your current official or unofficial transcript (directions here).
- Please note that applicants to programs in Relay Texas are unable to submit unofficial transcripts.
- Our Bachelor's Degree Policy. Please submit your 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 September 15, 2021, as that is the final deadline for transcripts that show you have earned your bachelor's degree.
- Relay must receive your official degree-conferred transcript by the September 15, 2021 deadline. We recommend that you request your transcript no later than 9/1/21 to ensure Relay receives it by the deadline.
- Relay Chicago must receive your official degree-conferred transcript by July 31, 2021.
Tip: We recommend applicants only apply to be non-matric students 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 student requires more paperwork from applicants and there are significant academic, financial, and certification implications to being a non-matric student.
Am I be eligible for federal aid as a non-matric student?
No, you are not eligible for federal aid until you have become a matriculated 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?”
- Your transcript serves 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 September 15th).
- Please keep in mind that as a non-matriculated student due to an outstanding bachelor's degree, 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 September 15, 2021, you will be administratively withdrawn from Relay.