Note that as of Fall 2014, the policy regarding full-time status for graduate students has been revised; see below for policy summary and go to the UA General Catalog for complete details.
Fall and Spring Semesters
7/14/14 Note: Full-Time unit minimums updated for Fall 2014.
During the fall and spring semesters, full-time status consists of enrollment for 9 units of graduate credit. Graduate students holding Graduate Assistant/ Associate appointments or working in regular student wage positions must maintain a minimum enrollment of 6 units of graduate credit. A graduate student working on a thesis or dissertation who is only enrolled in 900-level units and not employed as a Graduate Assistant/ Associate or student worker must be enrolled in 3 units. A student who has completed all course work, the thesis/dissertation unit requirements, has advanced to candidacy, is working on the thesis/dissertation, and is not employed as a Graduate Assistant/ Associate or student worker may apply for advanced status, which allows 1 unit of 900-level credit for full-time status. The full-time status enrollment minimums apply to students wishing to defer federal loan repayments, to international students with F or J visa status, and/or to students receiving University funding other than wages.
During pre-session and first and second summer sessions, full-time status consists of enrollment for 6 graduate units or more in any combination of Pre-Session, First, and Second Summer Sessions. Some colleges (Agriculture & Life Sciences and Engineering) require a greater number of units to maintain full-time graduate status if the student is receiving any financial assistance from the college. A student whose financial aid agreement requires enrollment during the summer sessions should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to verify specific requirements. International students should check with the University's International Students Office to ensure that their registration is in compliance with their visa status.