Department of Political Science

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Immunization Requirements:
Prior to beginning of classes, students enrolled in on-campus courses are required to show proof of immunization. Immunization records are not required for online students. Please go to http://www.ecu.edu/studenthealth to find the Immunization and Medical Report Form. Complete and return this form, including proof of your required immunizations, as soon as possible to Student Health Services. If you have questions regarding your immunization history or requirements please contact Student Health Service at 252-328-6841 or immunizations@ecu.edu.

Health Insurance:
East Carolina University students in on-campus classes are required to have health insurance. Distance Education students are not eligible to enroll in student health insurance nor are they required to waive out. If you are covered by an existing health plan, you can waive out of the plan by providing policy information from a current, valid health insurance carrier. For students without coverage from an existing health plan, you must enroll in the health policy adopted by East Carolina University. To waive or enroll, visit http://www.studentinsurance.com; select the UNC system logo, then select ECU. Please contact Student Health Services, 252-328-6841, with any questions regarding waiving and enrolling.

Registration Information:
Information about Registration and Schedule changes can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/registrar. The Student menu at the top of the page contains the "General Registration Information" link where you can find detailed registration instructions. If you encounter registration errors, contact your program for assistance. Some programs prefer to register their students for courses and do not allow students to use the online registration system.

Tuition Information:
Visit www.ecu.edu/cashier for information about the Cashier's Office including Tuition and Fees and Important Information about Methods of Payment.

East Carolina University's Electronic Billing (eBill) system is the official means of generating tuition bills to enrolled students. ECU does not mail paper bills to student's permanent home address. Students will receive email notifications from cashier@ecu.edu to their student email when a new billing statement is available for review online. Students can gain access to the eBill system through OneStop at http://onestop.ecu.edu/ and should choose the "TUITION STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS" link on the "Tools" tab. Once logged in, students will be able to make online payments, view and/or print billing statements, and review current account activity.

If additional charges are incurred after an eBill statement has been generated, it is the student's responsibility to monitor their financial account through the eBill system to ensure that there are sufficient financial aid/resources and/or payment to cover all charges on account. A partial payment will not secure any of a student's class schedule. Important dates for late fees and schedule cancellations are on the University's Academic Calendar (see below).

University Calendar:
View ECU's Academic Calendars for important deadlines regarding registration and tuition payment. The calendar is available at http://www.ecu.edu/fsonline/senate/fscalend.cfm, or click on the Academic Calendar link on ECU's homepage.

FAFSA and Financial Assistance:
We encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.ecu.edu/financial/. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for Federal Financial Aid and it is also useful to the program to determine eligibility for other forms of financial assistance such as a graduate assistantship or scholarship.

Academic Standards:
In order to remain in good academic standing, graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 once they have attempted* a total of 9 credit hours. They must also maintain any additional or higher academic standards established by their program of study. Students who fail to meet these criteria will be placed on academic probation, during which time they will have an opportunity to correct their academic deficiencies. The probationary period will last for the term(s) in which the next nine credit hours are attempted*. If the students are unable to raise their GPA to 3.0 or greater, they are subject to dismissal from the program. Graduate students will not be allowed to continue in their program once it becomes mathematically impossible to achieve an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of the remaining probationary period. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.

*Total credit hours attempted is the sum of credit hours for all graduate courses in which a graduate student is enrolled as of the tenth day of each semester (the Official University Enrollment Report Date or "Census Date"). Courses with a grade of "I" (incomplete) or dropped after census date are included in the calculation of credit hours attempted.

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Dept. of Political Science, Brewster A-124, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone (252) 328-6189
Fax (252) 328-4134