Phase 2 Official Letter

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Phase 2 Official Letter

Postby cy96448 » Thu May 09, 2019 6:59 pm

Hey guys.

How long did it take for SMART to issue you your Phase 2 letter? or Did you even receive it?

This document is supposed to include information that confirms the scholar has completed all phase 1 requirements and documents the start and end date of the service commitment.

For more detail,this document is outlined in section 14.2 of the 2019 SMART Scholar Handbook.
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Re: Phase 2 Official Letter

Postby Guest1234 » Thu May 09, 2019 7:25 pm

cy96448 wrote:Hey guys.

How long did it take for SMART to issue you your Phase 2 letter? or Did you even receive it?

This document is supposed to include information that confirms the scholar has completed all phase 1 requirements and documents the start and end date of the service commitment.

For more detail,this document is outlined in section 14.2 of the 2019 SMART Scholar Handbook.


I got my phase 2 letter over a year into serving my commitment. I'm almost a year past finishing my commitment and haven't received my phase 3 letter yet. SMART still sends me requests to fill out phase 2 reports even though I'm in phase 3...
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Re: Phase 2 Official Letter

Postby kmae818 » Thu May 16, 2019 10:55 am

I also have not received a Phase II letter. I have reached out a few times to SMART and they said they are "working on it". Also, I was in the 2016 cohort and the Handbook at the time said the length of service commitment "may not be less than the total period of pursuit of a degree that is covered by such financial assistance and may not be less than 1 year." I received the scholarship for one year, so according to the 2016 handbook I have completed my service commitment. However, the 2019 handbook now says "may not be less than 1.5 years". Since I have not received my Phase II letter, I do not have the actual date of when my service commitment is completed. Has anyone else experienced this or have any insight?
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Re: Phase 2 Official Letter

Postby Phase2er » Thu May 16, 2019 12:56 pm

@kmae818 Are you planning to leave the government in the next 6 months? If not, this probably isn't worth fighting with them about.

If you are, contiunally cite the 2016 handbook, which it sounds like you have a copy of. That's the agreement you signed, that's the agreement you should be held to.

In either case, I'd keep pestering them for that letter. Given that your service is over, I might even pester them for the phase 3 letter at this point.
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Re: Phase 2 Official Letter

Postby kmae818 » Thu May 16, 2019 1:05 pm

Phase2er wrote:@kmae818 Are you planning to leave the government in the next 6 months? If not, this probably isn't worth fighting with them about.

If you are, contiunally cite the 2016 handbook, which it sounds like you have a copy of. That's the agreement you signed, that's the agreement you should be held to.

In either case, I'd keep pestering them for that letter. Given that your service is over, I might even pester them for the phase 3 letter at this point.


Thanks for your insight, I'll dig out the original forms signed just in case! To your point, I am thinking about leaving so I'm trying to figure out when I'm released. I've been dealing with SMART long enough to realize whats worth fighting them about which is why I haven't asked for the letter until now.
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