PhD programs and funding
September 1, 2008 10:31 PM Subscribe
If you are a student receiving funding for a PhD program and you withdraw at the end of the year, does the department/school ever ask for the money back?
My thinking might be a bit premature, but...
I entered a PhD program, thinking I wanted to get a PhD. Because I received funding (tuition, fees, stipend), am I stuck here for 5 years? What if I drop out after a year or two with a master's degree? Do they ask for all the money back?
My position right now is that I don't know if I want the PhD, but after settling into the program, I very well might. It's a bit of cold feet on my part, I suppose. So I've been weighing my options. I want to give the PhD a chance, but I also don't want to be faced with tremendous debt if I want to leave the program partway through.
Does anyone have any experience with this kind of situation? What are your thoughts?