Full-Time and Part-Time Student Status

Whether you are considered a full-time or part-time (also called half-time) undergraduate or graduate student at IUPUC depends on the number of credits in which you are enrolled in a given semester or term. Your student status used to calculate your eligibility and classification for state and federal financial aid.

Undergraduate Students

If you are an undergraduate student during the fall, spring, or summer semesters, your enrollment status is determined by the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled*.

  • < 5 credits is considered less than half-time enrollment
  • < 11 credits is considered half-time enrollment (part-time student status)
  • 12+ is considered full-time enrollment (full-time student status)

*NOTE: If you receive veteran’s benefits, one-quarter and three-quarters certification levels may be available to you.

Full-time enrollment for official certification and financial aid purposes is different than full-time enrollment for the purposes of completing an undergraduate degree in four years (eight semesters).

If you are working on an undergraduate degree that requires 120 to 128 credit hours for completion of degree requirements, you should expect to complete 15 or 16 credit (unit) hours during regular semesters in order to complete the degree requirements in eight semesters.

Always consult with your academic advisor for specific information about full-time credit hour recommendations for your program.

Graduate Students

If you are an graduate student during the fall, spring, or summer semesters, your enrollment status is determined by the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled*.

  • < 3 credits is considered less than half-time enrollment
  • < 7 credits is considered half-time enrollment (part-time student status)
  • 8+ is considered full-time enrollment (full-time student status)

*NOTE: For some graduate students, typically those completing dissertation work, the number of credits required to be considered a full-time student may be lower.