Acceptance of Financial Assistance Offers

Acceptance of Financial Assistance Offers

Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees & Assistants

The Council of Graduate Schools, which Colorado State University is a member of, has published a statement entitled “Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants” since the mid 1960s. The Resolution is concerned with the conditions surrounding the acceptance of offers of certain kinds of graduate student financial assistance, namely, scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, and assistantships. The general spirit of the Resolution is that students should have an opportunity to consider more than one offer and should have until April 15 to do so, that institutions and students should be able to view acceptances in force after April 15 as binding, that everyone should know what the rules are, and that an offer by the institution and its acceptance by the student constitute an agreement which both expect to honor. The Resolution acknowledges that students, after having accepted an offer, may change their minds and withdraw that acceptance. The intent of the Resolution is to provide a uniform and widely acceptable framework for so doing, one that provides protection for both student and institution.