For academic purposes, a student is expected to complete the graduate degree within seven years of beginning graduate study at National American University, with the exception of the MSN program in which the expected length of study is five years. Credits taken in the program, which were completed more than seven years prior to graduation, will be reviewed by a committee composed of the dean of graduate studies and graduate faculty. The criterion for accepting or rejecting these credits as part of the student's program is based on the relevance of the material at the time of review. If the committee does not validate a course or courses, the student must retake the appropriate graduate course(s) as part of his/her program of study. The student should contact financial aid to discuss financial aid restrictions regarding time limitations.