Each year the faculty will meet during the Spring semester to discuss and make decisions regarding Graduate Student Assistantships for the following year. Assistantships are awarded only to students actively pursuing a graduate degree in Religion and are normally awarded for a full academic year. All full-time graduate students are reviewed for Assistantship awards, but our funds are limited. Terms of an assistantship will be outlined in an Award Letter. Students are expected to show reasonable progress toward degree requirements, to satisfy University and Departmental requirements concerning selection of a major professor, approval of program of study, etc. and perform their assigned assistantship duties as outlined by the Department. Failure to abide by the terms of the assistantship could cause loss of part or all of the assistantship. It is the general policy of the department not to extend financial assistance to Doctoral level graduate students beyond five years.