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Inactive Students to Apply for Graduation

The graduation application is necessary to start the graduation audit process and the graduation fee is a required, nonrefundable fee that is paid by students at the time they apply for graduation and covers the cost of permanent maintenance of the graduate record. Transcript Evaluation updates will not occur until the graduation application and/or any associated fees are submitted and cleared. All fees must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Accounts at (609) 984-4099. In accordance with PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance, please do not include any credit card information on graduation application’s sent via email correspondence.

Students that are permitted to apply for graduation as an inactive student must meet the following criteria:

  1. The student’s most recent Thomas Edison State University course was completed within the last 36 months.
  2. The student cannot be inactive for more than 3 years and/or 1 year if the student is a part of the TESU Nursing or Graduate program, and/or 5 years if the student is a member of the military degree completion program.
  3. The student must meet the residency requirement associated with their previous tuition plan, be a part of a Corporate Partnership agreement which does not require a residency, or pay the residency waiver fee.

For students whose enrollment has lapsed within the last 36 months, have met the Thomas Edison State University residency requirement and whose most recent TESU Online/Guided Study or e-Pack credits are no more than thirty-six months old, the payment of the graduation fee allows for a graduation audit for students to be considered for graduation. By completing the Inactive Student Review for Graduation Request Form, your record will be reviewed to determine if you have met the above requirements, and the graduation application will be emailed to you if it has been determined that you qualify for the above process.

Upon receipt of your graduation application and/or associated fees, you will be audited a maximum of two graduation cycles. If you have not met the academic and/or financial requirements after two graduation cycles, you will be required to re-enroll with the University. When you re-enroll with the University, you will be required to satisfy the degree requirements that are in effect at that time.  This may result in additional course work and/ or fees that is not listed on your most recent academic evaluation.

During this review, an audit of additional transfer credits, financial balances and all other requirements for the degree will be reviewed. If the degree requirements are complete, the student’s degree will be certified and conferred at the next Board of Trustees meeting.

Please Note: All undergraduate students at Thomas Edison State University must obtain an overall minimum TESU GPA of a C, which is equivalent to a 2.0. Graduate students must obtain an overall TESU GPA of a B, which is equivalent to a 3.0.

In order to apply for graduation as an inactive student, students must complete the checklist and meet all requirements. This form is only for students that meet the above criteria and are eligible to apply for graduation as an inactive student. This form should not be completed by currently enrolled students who can apply for graduation through Online Student Services.

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