In light of the unprecedented disruptions experienced by the campus community, the Graduate Division and Graduate Council have approved a blanket two-year extension of normative time (applied automatically) for doctoral students. The EVCP also has approved a four-semester extension of eligibility for non-residential supplemental tuition (NRST) waivers.

Extension of Normative Time To Degree

The Graduate Division will automatically apply the additional one-year extension of normative time for each doctoral student in SIS Campus Solutions during the Spring 2021 semester; this will bring the total COVID-19 normative time adjustment to two years. If students need this change made immediately, Graduate Student Affairs Officers (GSAOs) should contact their program’s Academic Progress Advisor. International students should consult the Berkeley International Office regarding any changes to their degree plans.

Extension of Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition Waiver Eligibility

For students in candidacy or who advanced to candidacy during the semesters heavily impacted by COVID-19 (Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Fall 2021), these semesters will not count toward the student’s three years of NRST waiver eligibility. Similar to previous terms, we will identify in advance students eligible for this extension and apply the waiver prior to the tuition and fee payment deadline. Students who do not see the waiver applied appropriately or who have questions about their eligibility for NRST waivers should contact their GSAO.

If you have questions about these extensions, please reach out to your Graduate Student Affairs Officer. Read the Graduate Division’s official memo online.


Illustrative Examples

International student A begins the 3-year waiver period in Fall 2019 (so, the normal waiver period would cover F19, Sp20, F20, Sp21, F21, Sp22). However, with the COVID waiver extension, that student will not be charged NRST during this period, plus 4 semesters beyond it, since Sp20-F21 wouldn’t count towards the 3 year period) — so, 10 semesters in the waiver period in total.

International student B begins the 3-year waiver period in Fall 2017 (covering F17, Sp18, F18, Sp19, F19, Sp20). This student was not charged NRST for that period, and would not be charged NRST for the other three COVID-affected semesters (F20, Sp21, F21). In addition, the Sp20 semester wouldn’t count towards their 3-year waiver since it is also a COVID-affected semester.  They would again be charged NRST in Fall 2022 (assuming no further extensions of the waiver period).

International student C advances to candidacy at the end of Spring 2021 and begins the three-year waiver period in Fall 2021. They would have a 7 semester NRST waiver period, since F21 doesn’t count and they would have the usual 6 semester period beyond that.


Categories: February 2021, Graduate Division Announcements