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FAQs for Accepted Graduate Students

We know you have lots of questions now that you are an accepted graduate student. Let us answer them!


Next Steps After Acceptance

What are the next steps after acceptance?

What are the next steps after acceptance?

Congratulations! The first thing to do is to notify us of your decision to accept your offer of admission by submitting your enrollment deposit.

How do I register for classes?

How do I register for classes?

Once you submit your deposit, you will be contacted by a graduate admissions counselor to set up your schedule for your first semester of graduate work. If you are in the pharmacy program, you will be contacted by the School of Pharmacy to schedule your first semester of courses.

During your first semester of graduate study, you will be assigned an advisor in your department. You will meet with the advisor to map out a long range plan and will register yourself for all future semesters.

How do I buy textbooks?

How do I buy textbooks?

Barnes & Noble is St John Fisher College’s official textbook retailer. You can order books online. Many textbooks are available to purchase or rent in either new or used versions.

When do classes start? Are there other dates/deadlines I should know about?

When do classes start? Are there other dates/deadlines I should know about?

The academic calendar is the best resource for start dates as well as other important dates within each semester.

Will there be an orientation for new students?

Will there be an orientation for new students?

Yes, and we would love for you to participate! Most graduate programs host an orientation prior to the start of classes. Deposited students will receive Save the Date and invitation emails with information about the date, time, location, and RSVP instructions for these events.

Can I live on campus?

Can I live on campus?

Yes. You may live in the residence halls as a full-time student if you are under the age of 23. However, Fisher does not provide housing for married students.


Billing and Financial Aid

When will I receive my financial aid package?

When will I receive my financial aid package?

First, did you apply for financial aid? If not, and you would like to, you must complete the FAFSA. Fisher's school code is 002821.

Once you submit your FAFSA, the results (Student Aid Report) will be sent to the colleges you indicate on your form. You can expect to receive your complete financial aid package 2-3 weeks after acceptance.

How will I be billed?

How will I be billed?

Once you register for courses at Fisher, charges are assessed to your student account. These charges are reflected on your student bill, which also includes payments and any received or authorized financial aid. Billing is handled through Students Accounts. All questions or concerns regarding billing should be directed to that office.

What is the process for tuition reimbursement through my employer?

What is the process for tuition reimbursement through my employer?

If your employer will pay your tuition charges upon completion of the semester, you may use the Payment/Reimbursement from Employer Plan (PREP) form to defer your balance. A completed PREP form must be submitted to Student Accounts by the due date on your bill to avoid a late fee. The PREP form is available on the Student Accounts Documents and Forms page.

Note: Only the portion of your bill that your employer agrees to pay will be deferred. All other amounts should be paid by the due date on your bill.

Does Fisher have employer partnerships?

Does Fisher have employer partnerships?

Yes. A 20% tuition discount is available to select companies and organizations when three or more employees from the same organization enroll in the same term in any combination of eligible graduate programs offered at Fisher.

For more information about eligible programs and current partnerships, visit the Community Education Partner Program page.

What steps do I follow if I am an accepted international student?

What steps do I follow if I am an accepted international student?

If you are an accepted international student, you will need to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of U.S. $300 payable to St. John Fisher College and follow the instructions on the Accepted International Students page.


Transfer Credits and Deferral

Does Fisher accept transfer credit from other graduate schools?

Does Fisher accept transfer credit from other graduate schools?

Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions or the graduate program chair regarding the process to request graduate transfer credit.

Can I defer my acceptance to another semester?

Can I defer my acceptance to another semester?

If you have been admitted but wish to delay your entrance, you may do so for one semester by contacting the Office of Graduate Admissions. If you do not request a deferral, you will have to apply for readmission with the Office of Graduate Admissions.