Dissertation Completion Enrollment
Enrolled Ph.D. students who have not completed their degree within their department's normal program period (either four or five years, as specified by the department and the Graduate School) have the opportunity to be enrolled for up to two additional years in Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status. DCE status was instituted to help students finish the Ph.D. by allowing them to remain in an enrolled status while they finish their degree requirements. To qualify for DCE status, students must at the time of reenrollment move directly into DCE status when their period of regular enrollment ends. Eligible students apply for this status during the annual reenrollment process in the last year of their program of study, and must be approved for DCE status by their department and the Graduate School Office based on criteria for satisfactory academic progress. DCE status is confirmed via e-mail form the Graduate School to the student, after which the student can electronically accept reenrollment in this status. Students in DCE status are fully and formally enrolled graduate students, working full-time to complete degree requirements. DCE students may be enrolled as regular (in residence) or in absentia students (pursuing their work away from Princeton). In both cases, a marginal-cost tuition and the mandatory Student Health Plan fee will be charged. In academic year 2013-14, these combined charges will total $4,940.
Ordinarily leaves of absence are not granted to students in DCE status. If students do not enter DCE status or are unable to remain in it, they will enter Enrollment Terminated, Degree Candidacy Continued (ETDCC) status.