Applicants whose undergraduate degrees will be conferred soon after their Relay application 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?
- Read this entire article, as it contains instructions detailing the actions you’ll take in the coming days.
- Sign up for Office Hours with the Office of Admissions and Enrollment and Student Financial Services to ensure you fully understand your next steps and/or your financial implications of non-matric status. We are here to support you.
- Please let us know which of the options below you select so we can make sure we update your application accordingly.
You have the following two options in order to complete your application to Relay:
- Option 1 = Matriculate: Submit your official transcript that shows you have graduated and earned your bachelor’s degree (directions here); OR
- Option 2 = Non-Matric: Apply to be a non-matric student, which requires you to submit three documents:
- Your current official transcript (directions here).
- A letter from your undergraduate Registrar’s Office indicating your expected date of graduation and that you are on track to graduate (feel free to copy this template here). Upload this directly on your personalized Admissions Checklist on your Status Page.
- A signed version of our Late-Grad Non-Matric Policy. Submit this directly on your personalized Admissions Checklist on your Status Page.
Please take the steps below in order to determine which option above is best for you:
- Contact your undergraduate 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 application deadline, apply to be a non-matric (Option #2 above). Make sure you will be able to provide a degree conferred transcript by October 1, 2019 as that is the final deadline for transcripts.
- If you will be able to provide Relay with a degree-conferred transcript by your application deadline, have one sent to Relay.
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, 2019, you will be administratively withdrawn from Relay.