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Covid-19 Information for Current Students

We recognize that, as graduate students, in addition to taking traditional classes, many of you also participate in research, teaching, and scholarship as part of your responsibilities, below are questions to help guide you for future registration decisions. 

For information about Campus COVID-19 policies, including testing and building access, see the Campus COVID-19 website.

Business Hours

The Graduate College is located at 507 E. Green Street in Champaign. We are open from 9:00 – noon and 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (CT). You can always email us at

Registration Questions

For registration deadlines see the Office of the Registrar's website

Information about credit/no-credit policies can be found on page 19 of the Graduate College Handbook.

Assistantship / Employment Questions

I will be starting classes away from campus in the fall, can I hold an assistantship? If so, how will I receive my stipend?

Talk with your department and hiring unit. It may be possible to start an assistantship while away from campus but it depends on several factors, such as whether the duties can be performed remotely and federal regulations that pertain to some countries.

Fellowship Questions

I have a fellowship and am starting the semester away from campus, can I keep my fellowship? If so, how will I receive payment?

It may be possible to receive a fellowship while away from campus depending on the terms of the fellowship and the granting agency. Reach out to your department or to the Graduate College Business and Fellowship Office at

Fee-related Questions

I am starting the semester away from campus, what fees will I be assessed?

Fee information is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

See also the information above about in absentia registration.

Health-care Questions

Will I have health insurance?

Graduate students enrolled in on-campus programs even if their courses are online—will be assessed the Student Insurance Fee and be enrolled in the University Student Insurance plan unless they are registered in absentia. Students can opt-out of the plan if they have comparable coverage. See additional information about student insurance.

Graduate students enrolled in fully online degree programs are not assessed the Student Insurance Fee.

Will I be able to use McKinley Health Center?

Students enrolled in on-campus programs who have been assessed the McKinley Service fee will have access to McKinley Health Center.

Graduate students enrolled in absentia are not assessed this fee, nor are students enrolled in online graduate programs.

Degree-completion Questions

How should preliminary and final exams take place?

Doctoral examinations can be conducted remotely with no petitions required. We anticipate that most exams will continue to be conducted remotely. However, if an examination will take place in-person, it must comply with all campus guidance on in-person meetings.

What if I will not finish by my Expected Graduation Date (EGD)?

Students whose time to degree is expiring can file a petition requesting an extension. The impacts of the pandemic will be considered in the review, so please include information in your petition request if the pandemic has affected your progress. 

If you have deposited your thesis or dissertation but your degrees will be conferred at a later time, you may request a Degree Certification Letter. This letter, which is often used for employment or visa reasons, verifies that you have completed all requirements for the degree.



(Updated 9/21/21)