Graduate students receiving a tuition scholarship are required to maintain full-time registration. Full-time status is defined as 12 credits per semester for level one students (who have completed less than 24 graduate credits), and 9 credits for level two students (who have completed 24 or more graduate credits).
Students who are not receiving a tuition scholarship may be certified as full time for loan purposes when taking advanced coursework, including thesis research (599), comprehensive exams (698), or dissertation research (699). In such cases, the student's supervisor and program director certify that the student is making a full-time investment in research.
To be certified full time, students must complete and submit a Certification of Full Time Status form (Funded or Non-Funded) available online or in the Graduate School office. Once the form is submitted, the Graduate School updates the student's base record file, thus notifying the Student Accounts and Financial Aid offices.
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Last Updated: 11/4/11