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Enrollment Status
Enrollment status for graduate students varies depending upon the program in which the student is enrolled.  Quarter programs are considered half-time at 3 credits per quarter and full-time at 6 credits per quarter.  Graduate semester programs are considered half-time at 4.5 credits per semester and full-time at 9 credits per semester.  In some cases, the Academic Department determines the student’s enrollment status. At least half-time enrollment is required for all federal loan programs and for in-school deferment status on federal loans a student has already borrowed. Contact the Academic Department directly for questions regarding enrollment status.

Students enrolled in doctoral or master’s thesis credits may be considered full time at the discretion of the Academic Department.  If determined to be full time or half time, students who are in residence, external PhD students and students who are not in residence are eligible to apply for federal student loans.  Loan eligibility is determined by subtracting University Awards and other grant and scholarship aid from the cost of tuition, a book allowance and a living allowance.