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Four-Year Graduation Guarantee

Graduate in four years or we cover the cost for the extra time

As tuition costs continue to rise, many families are trying to figure out how to finance their children's education. Ashland University is looking to help and is promising that if you don't finish in four years, we’ll pay up to an additional year of tuition for the extra time it takes you to finish – as long as you stick to your graduation plan.

College is one of the most significant investments a family will make and we believe we can help make this more affordable through this guarantee. This program – one of the first of its kind in northeast Ohio – started with the 2012 incoming freshman class at Ashland.

This guarantee, however, does not apply to students who elect to extend their studies beyond eight semesters to take advantage of research, license, endorsement and/or minor program opportunities.

A number of conditions need to be met in order to qualify for the Four-Year Graduate Guarantee, and are listed below.

In addition to these conditions, the five-year programs and some licensure programs are excluded from the Four-Year Degree Guarantee. The Four-Year Degree Guarantee may not be applicable if a student elects certain second or third majors requiring coursework beyond what can be reasonably accommodated within a four-year period, or elect to defer graduation to allow athletic participation in a fifth academic year.

Check with the Office of Records and Registration at 419.289.5029 or for a complete list of program requirements and exclusions.

What happens when I meet the conditions, but courses are unavailable?

If a student meets all the conditions of the four-year plan but is unable to graduate due to unavailability of courses, the University will offer one of the following, at its discretion:

  • 1. Enable the student to graduate in four years by substituting courses as determined by the department and college offering the student’s major.
  • 2. Allow the unavailability of courses to delay the student from graduation in four years, in which case the University will waive Ashland University tuition and mandatory fees in order for the student to graduate within the next academic year.

For more information on the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee, contact the Office of Admission at 419.289.5052 or