Enrollment Status

Full-, Three-quarter-, and Half-time Status

Enrollment status is used for federal government reporting purposes to determine, among other things, eligibility for financial aid and deferment of financial aid loan repayments. The minimum credit requirements that follow apply to all sessions (fall, spring, and summer), and do not, in any way, prohibit a program from requiring that more credits per semester be taken. The minimum credit requirements refer only to courses taken for credit. Wait-listed courses and courses taken for noncredit or audit are not considered in determining full-, three-quarter-, and half-time status. International students should contact the international student advisor before making any changes to enrollment status.

Undergraduate

Fall, Spring, and Summer

Full-time 12 or more credits per semester
Three-quarter-time 9–11.9 credits per semester
Half-time 6–8.9 credits per semester

Graduate

Fall, Spring, and Summer

Full-time 9 or more credits per semester
Half-time 6–8.9 credits per semester

There is only one exception to these definitions of enrollment status. (See Special Student Status.)

Special Student Status:
Master's Paper, Thesis, Manuscript, Internship

If a graduate student has not finished the required master's paper, thesis, manuscript, or internship, the student must register for a 0.5-credit extended paper, extended thesis, extended manuscript, or internship course for each semester the project remains unfinished, until the student officially completes their degree.

Students registered for 0.5-credit extended master's work will be verified at half-time status, but are not eligible for federal or institutional aid. During this time, students are not eligible to be on a leave of absence. This special student status may be granted for as many semesters as are remaining within the time limit for completing the degree. There is no need to register for extended master's work courses during the summer, unless the student is planning to complete the work during the summer session.

Please note: Students registered for required internship courses may be considered half-time and may be considered for financial aid, even if registered for less than 6 credits, if the student's internship coordinator can verify that the student is working a minimum of 18 hours per week (270 hours per semester) at the internship site.

It is the student's responsibility to finish the work for all courses in time for it to be evaluated and graded, and for the grade to be submitted to the registrar by the grade due date of the semester for which they are registered.

Students may receive a grade of “Pass,” “Fail,” or a letter grade for a master’s work extension course. Two other grades may be given:

SP = Satisfactory progress
The project is not yet completed, but the student made adequate progress; this grade can only be used in master’s work and extension courses.

I/F = Incomplete/Failure
For unusual, extenuating circumstances when only a small portion of the work remains to be completed.

Students are not eligible to receive the grade of “I/F” at the end of the fall semester. They are eligible to receive the grade of “I/F” at the end of the spring semester in order to continue working on their project during the summer if an extended master’s work course is not offered over the summer. If a student has not finished the work in time for it to be evaluated and graded and the grade to be submitted to the registrar by the grade due date of the summer session, the student must register for another extended master’s work course during the following fall. The “I/F” grade should then be changed to “SP.”

 

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