Request Award Length Increase

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Request Award Length Increase

Postby hokie06 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:07 am

I'm putting in a request with SMART to allow me to finish my thesis during the first summer semester next year. I was wondering if people had advice on how to write the personal letter/who to address.
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Re: Request Award Length Increase

Postby JDetwiler » Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:56 pm

That's something you do on the portal to make an award change request, since they'd have to modify your service agreement contract.

My experience: they don't like extensions.
I'm a Phase 1 recipient graduating Dec. 2019 with degrees in Computer Science and Math from Virginia Tech. I've been with SMART since May 2017, and Dahlgren is my SF.

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Re: Request Award Length Increase

Postby ttdub » Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:43 pm

Heads up, they approved a 1 year extension for me but it took 10 months. Plan for a long wait!
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Re: Request Award Length Increase

Postby Xristos_317 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:21 pm

I tend to avoid the Portal at all costs. The new one is better, but it's still pretty useless.

You'll eventually need to complete a SAAR (SMART Agreement Amendment Request) with your military branch coordinator (e.g. Navy). I'm under the impression you can request extensions, but not reductions to your scholarship funding (which was not the case when I joined the program).

It seems like they'd like you tied down for another year, but it does require changing your arrival / "head count" to the next fiscal year.

I will possibly need to do this as well, so good luck to you!
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