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FAQs: Four-Year Degree Guarantee

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work? 
If you are a full-time freshman entering Portland State in fall 2014, you can sign an agreement to follow a four-year degree path. PSU will give you the advising and courses you need to graduate in four years. If you meet all the requirements of the agreement and still can’t graduate on time due to course availability, PSU will not charge you any tuition for the rest of the classes you need. You only pay for four years.

How and when do I sign up? 
First you must apply and be accepted to Portland State University for fall 2014. You can submit the guarantee agreement until June 1, 2014. Log in to banweb.pdx.edu, click on the Student Services tab, and then select Four-Year Degree Guarantee Agreement. Go to pdx.edu/admissions to learn about the admission process.

What can I do if my adviser determines I am not eligible for the guarantee?
Eligibility is based on appropriate placement in math; students must complete online placement tests as soon as possible in order to be considered for the 4YDG. If you didn't place into the math or statistics course required for your intended major, you are not eligible for 4YDG. You may utilize the Learning Module and retake the assessment up to three times. You can also consider taking prerequisite math courses during the summer prior to the start of the fall term. Contact your adviser if you want to be reconsidered for 4YDG eligibility.

Can co-admitted freshmen participate in 4YDG?
Yes, if you are formally co-admitted at PSU and a community college partner, you may opt-in for 4YDG. It is essential you work with your academic adviser to ensure which, if any, community college classes will keep you on track to graduate in four years. PSU assumes no responsibility for the scheduling of the community college courses. The Four-Year Degree Guarantee only applies to courses offered by Portland State University.

Do I have to pay an extra fee or tuition for this guarantee?
No. There is no extra charge for the guarantee. 

Is there a penalty for signing the agreement and failing to meet the requirements?
No. PSU will not penalize you for not meeting the requirements of the guarantee. You may opt-out of 4YDG at any time. Let your adviser know you are no longer participating in 4YDG. 

If I don’t sign up for the guarantee, can PSU still help me graduate in four years?
Yes! PSU provides advising to follow a four-year degree path for all students, regardless of whether they sign up for the guarantee. Year-by-year plans for completing a degree in four years are available for all majors at pdx.edu/undergraduate-programs

Can I sign up for this later in my freshman or sophomore year?
No. You must sign up for the agreement when you enter PSU as a freshman. 

What if I have AP, IB, and/or college credit from high school?
Yes, you are eligible for the guarantee.

What if I am a current student, transfer student or don’t declare a major yet? 
You are not eligible for the guarantee, but you can find a map to completing your degree in four years at pdx.edu/undergraduate-programs. Meet with an adviser in your major department or, if you have not chosen a major, in Advising & Career Services to make sure you are on track to graduate on time. 

Can I change my major after signing up for the guarantee? 
Yes. You can change your major and continue to participate in the guarantee, as long as you meet the requirements of the new major without changing your four-year graduation date.  You will need to contact the academic adviser in your department and request review of your Four-Year Degree Guarantee application.

How does PSU guarantee I will get into the classes I need?
You must register within one day of your assigned registration date each quarter. If you are unable to register for a required course, you need to notify your academic adviser within one business day of the assigned registration date by submitting a Notification of Unavailable Course form.

How do I know what courses to register for my first term?
As a new PSU undergrad, you must attend New Student Orientation during which you will meet with an academic adviser and register for your first term courses. To ensure availability of required courses, it is strongly recommended you attend the earliest Orientation session during which an adviser for your major is available.

What if I do everything I am supposed to do and still don’t graduate in four years?
If you meet all the requirements of the agreement but you are unable to graduate because the courses you need are not available, Portland State will pay the tuition for any additional required courses. 

Where do I go for more information?
Go to pdx.edu/4 or call the Admissions office at 503-725-3511 or 800-547-8887, extension 5-3511.

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