Full-time Status

For the purposes of financial aid and verification of enrollment, a student is considered enrolled in the term by the census date if they are in attendance by the second class meeting or, for online courses, by meeting the first stated task deadline (e.g., posting an introduction in the Discussion Board).

Certification of full-, three-quarter-, half- or less-than-half-time enrollment status for loan deferment, medical insurance, etc. is based on hours of enrollment in a term as of the census date. Listed below are the requirements that constitute full-time student status for official enrollment certification purposes and for financial assistance.

Status Undergraduate Graduate Post Graduate
Full time12 or more9 or more12 or more
Three-quarter time9–11.99n/an/a
Half time6–8.994.5–8.996–11.99
Less-than-half time0–5.990–4.490–5.99

Students should realize that in order to receive maximum financial aid they must maintain full-time status. Additionally, insurance companies and scholarship foundations frequently require students to maintain full-time status.

If a student who is receiving veteran’s benefits or participating in athletics receives a grade of WP, WF or NC in a course, that course will not count toward full-time status.

Note: Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum of 6.0 credits each term for purposes of financial aid only with the exception of the Federal Pell Grant.