Full‐Time and Part-Time Status

Posted: August 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm, Last Updated: April 26, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Students are responsible for ensuring that credits taken support their program of study and count toward their degree; they are also strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor before registering for classes.

Undergraduate Students

Credit Hours Time Status
12 or more Full-time
9 – 11 Three-quarter time
6 – 8 Half-time
1 – 5 Less than half-time

Graduate Students*

Credit Hours Time Status
9 or more Full-time
6 – 8 Three-quarter time
4.5 – 5.5 Half-time
4.4 or less Less than half-time


Different requirements for full-time status may apply for tuition, verification, loan deferral, and financial aid.  For example, student financial aid eligibility may require a minimum number of hours that support the student’s program of study.  Contact Student Accounts, the Office of the University Registrar, and Student Financial Aid, respectively, for more information.

Graduate students with assistantships of 20 hours per week are considered full‐time when they are registered for at least 6 hours of graduate credit.  Human Resources (HR) requires departments to enter the hours per pay period on Electronic Personnel Approval Forms (EPAFs) for all Graduate Teaching Assistant/Graduate Research Assistant (GTA/GRA) appointments. This data in combination with the hours of appropriate coursework will be used to determine student time status automatically.  Any questions should be addressed to your department HR Liaison.

*For more information about graduate student time status please refer to the Full-Time Classification section in the University Catalog.

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