The instructional hours a student must complete in a course of study are mandated by most states. When a student completes the graduation requirements and instructional hours on or before their original contracted graduation date, that student is considered an on-time graduate. The US Department of Education prohibits an institution from including in the on-time graduation rate any graduate that has a delayed graduation date. Whether you graduate ‘on-time’ or not can be affected by several different factors. Many post-secondary students could have delayed graduation dates due to family responsibilities, day care issues and or conflict with employment schedules while attending school. Students, who fall into this category, although they graduate, do not meet the definition of on-time graduate and are not included in the on-time graduation rate. The on-time graduation rate is 45% for the Cosmetology program.