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Advising & Program Policies

Program Advising

Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the program director to ensure that educational goals are being met. All students are urged to consult with Stephanie Grissom, HESPIE Program Director, via email

HESPIE Enrollment Policy

HESPIE offers program-admitted students access to carefully selected, high quality courses, excellent instruction, and smaller class sizes. HESPIE course-section(s) are not available to degree-seeking students. HESPIE provides program-admitted students with exceptional academic advising specific to their career goals, a collegial program atmosphere, and tuition charged at the in-state rate for HESPIE course / section registration.

HESPIE admitted students may NOT register for other UMD course(s) / section(s) without special permission to take any non-HESPIE courses (either through HESP or other departments). Program-admitted students who are granted special permission and register for course(s) / section(s) outside of HESPIE are not entitled to the HESPIE tuition rate and are charged tuition at the per credit rate based on their residency.

Maintain Continuous Enrollment

HESPIE students must maintain continuous enrollment in order to keep their program enrollment active. If you do not register for courses in a fall or spring semester, program enrollment will be canceled. To avoid such cancellation, submit a Petition for Waiver of Continuous Registration for each semester of non-enrollment. The waiver must be submitted no later than the first day of classes for any given semester. See Academic & Financial Deadlines. You may not submit the waiver and then register for non-HESPIE course-section(s). If you fail to register for HESPIE course sections or submit the waiver, you must re-apply, including paying the application fee.

Other Policies

HESPIE students are admitted into the University of Maryland as non-degree seeking students and are subject to all UMD policies and procedures.You should spend some time reviewing these policies and understand your obligations as a University of Maryland student.

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