The Council of Graduate Schools April 15 Resolution affirms that “Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15.” This means that if an incoming student receives a written offer of a graduate assistantship, they must not be forced to make a decision about that offer before the date of April 15. The resolution is meant to permit all students to receive and compare competing offers before being forced to make a choice.
UWM is a signatory to the April 15 Resolution, and all programs with admissions cycles covered by the resolution must observe it. Note that the resolution does not apply to off-cycle admissions that do not require decisions in the most common window during spring. Students should contact the Graduate School if they believe a program is violating the April 15 Resolution.