Enrollment Status

Definitions of Enrollment Status are based on the following:

Full-time Undergraduate

  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits. This can be a combination of a minimum of 6 academic credits and the equivalent of 6 practice credits. 

Full-time Graduate

  • Graduate students in the MARCH, MIA, MLA are considered full-time when enrolled in 9 or more credits. This can be a combination of a minimum of 4.5 academic credits and the equivalent of 4.5 practice credits. 
  • Graduate students in the MDS and MSIA programs are considered full-time when enrolled in 6 or more academic credits.

Half-time Undergraduate

  • Undergraduate students are considered half-time when enrolled in at least 6.00 academic credits.

Half-time Graduate

  • Graduate students in the MARCH, MIA, MLA are considered half-time when enrolled in at least 4.5 academic credits.
  • Graduate students in the MDS and MSIA programs, are considered half-time when enrolled in at least 3 academic credits.

Students who have fulfilled the Practice Component degree requirement will not have practice credit hours counted toward enrollment status for purposes of financial aid eligibility. International students (any student enrolled and on a visa) should check with the Designated School Official before enrolling in less than the full-time academic credit load.

Credit Hour Equivalents

Credit hour as defined by federal regulations is the amount of work that reasonably approximates, but is not less than either:

  1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for a semester or trimester hour, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit (or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time); or 
  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in #1 for other academic activities such as laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, or other academic work leading to the award of credit-hours. 

Federal Credit Hour Definition 34 CFR 600.2 DCL GEN-11-06