Enrollment Requirements

The enrollment status definitions in the chart below apply to all terms — including summer — for financial aid purposes.

Enrollment status for financial aid purposes may differ from enrollment status as defined by other University offices such as the Office of the Registration and Records, the Graduate School, or the Office of International Services.

Students who enroll less than full-time may have their aid adjusted after the add/drop period. Enrollment is confirmed on the last day to drop/add a class.

Students enrolled less than half-time may be placed on a loan repayment schedule by a lender or guarantor if the student is the recipient of federal financial aid.

Full Time 3/4 Time Half Time Less than Half Time
Undergraduate credit hours 12+ 9-11 6-8 1-5
Graduate credit hours 9+ 7-8.5 4.5-6.5 1-4

Note: Audit hours are not used in determining enrollment status.

Graduate Students

Graduate students enrolled in programs requiring completion of a dissertation or thesis may qualify to be classified as enrolled at least half time when they have reached the semester in which a load between 3 and 8 hours will reach an accumulated total equal to the minimum number of hours required by the program, provided they enroll for at least 3 credit hours. The Graduate Plan of Work must be on file to confirm the dissertation or thesis requirement.