MEMORANDUM

 

 

Date:

October 27, 2017

To:

All Graduate Deans, Associate Deans, School Directors, Department Chairs, Coordinators and Staff

From:

UF Graduate School

RE:

April 15th Acceptance Date For Offers With Funding

 

As we approach another graduate recruiting and admissions season, the Graduate School reminds everyone of our institution’s participation in the Council of Graduate Schools’ (CGS) “Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistantships” also known as the “April 15 Resolution.”  Even though April 15, 2018 falls on a Sunday, the deadline for acceptance of formal offers of admission that include a financial commitment remains on that date, at midnight. 

 

Participation in the resolution obliges graduate programs at the University of Florida to allow admitted graduate students to consider all offers of financial support through April 15.  In turn, the resolution binds students to their decisions made or held in place after April 15.  Over 350 U.S. institutions offering graduate degrees have agreed to abide by this resolution.  Your cooperation ensures that both student and program conduct their admissions in an ethical manner, and that they receive equal treatment and consideration in the financial support decision-making process.

 

Important aspects of the Resolution include:

 

·         The April 15, 2018, deadline applies only to acceptance of an offer of financial support such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship.

·         It applies only to offers of financial support for the following academic year.

·         Although you can send out your offers well before the deadline, prospective graduate students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial aid prior to April 15, and should not be pressured to do so.

·         Acceptance of an offer of financial support made after April 15, 2018, is conditional upon presentation by the student of written release from any previously accepted offer.

·         You may wish to augment your offer letters to include a copy of or link to the “April 15 Resolution”:

http://cgsnet.org/ckfinder/userfiles/files/CGSResolution_RevisedOct2017.pdf.   

In addition to direct information on the resolution, you may wish to include some explanatory language in financial support letters.  Below is an example of wording that you are free to use.

 

Please inform us in writing of your decision no later than April 15, 2018. In accordance with the Council of Graduate Schools’ (CGS) resolution, you may consider other offers of financial support until the April 15 deadline, but any decision after April 15 is an obligation that you are expected to honor.   Likewise, we will honor this offer until the April 15 deadline, after which it may be rescinded. Although you are  not obligated to accept this offer prior to April 15, please let us know as soon as you have made a decision so that we may extend offers to other prospective students if possible.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about the April 15 Resolution, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate School.