Extended Registration Beyond Year Six

Extended Registration for Year 7

Full-time registration in year 7 of a PhD program is not automatic and must be approved by your program.  PhD students who wish to register for year 7 must submit a 7th-year extension request form

Students registered full-time in year 7 are eligible for:

  • a health award for the cost of Yale Health coverage
  • parental relief
  • the family support subsidy, and
  • teaching in the Teaching Fellow Program
    • All 7th-year students are paid for teaching at the non-stipend rate ($4,000 for a TF-10; $8,000 for a TF-20); and may undertake up to three appointments over two semesters.
    • Exception: humanities and social sciences students who are approved to teach on a 7th-year departmental COVID extension are paid at the standard stipend rate. Consult with your department if you were enrolled in spring 2020 and have questions about your eligibility for a COVID extension.

All students in year 7 are charged the Continuous Registration Fee (CRF) each term and are responsible for its payment. If a 7th-year student teaches in the Teaching Fellow Program, they will receive a fellowship from the Graduate School to cover the cost of the CRF in each semester in which they teach. 

Note: If you are a PhD candidate who has completed all of your PhD requirements except the dissertation, GSAS does not require you to be registered to submit your dissertation. However, programs are not obligated to accept a dissertation once a student’s full-time registration has lapsed. Please be sure to check with your adviser and director of graduate studies if you are considering submitting your dissertation without being registered. 

Extended Registration for Year 8

Registration in year 8 is rare in the Graduate School and may only be granted if a student has encountered serious circumstances beyond their control over the course of their academic program. Such circumstances could be academic (e.g., change of adviser, unforeseeable research obstacle) or personal (e.g., illness, family obligation, personal crisis). A petition must be approved both by your program and by the deans of the Graduate School. PhD students who wish to petition to register in year 8 must submit an 8th-year extension request form, including a statement explaining the serious circumstances that necessitate the extension. 

Students who register full-time in year 8 receive a health award for Yale Health coverage and are eligible for the family support subsidy. 8th-year students are not eligible to teach in the Teaching Fellow Program. All students in year 8 are charged the CRF each semester and are responsible for its payment. 

Note: If you are a PhD candidate who has completed all of your PhD requirements except the dissertation, GSAS does not require you to be registered to submit your dissertation. However, programs are not obligated to accept a dissertation once a student’s full-time registration has lapsed. Please be sure to check with your adviser and director of graduate studies if you are considering submitting your dissertation without being registered. 
 

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