Please review the Graduate College policy on Minimum/Full-Time Enrollment or contact Mary Guerrieri, PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOnpuZWxAeWN5Lm5ldm1iYW4ucnFoIj56bmVsQHljeS5uZXZtYmFuLnJxaDwvbj4=.
Fall and Spring Semesters
During the fall and spring semesters, for students with Graduate Assistant/ Associate appointments, full-time status consists of a minimum enrollment in 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 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 notemployed as a Graduate Assistant/ Associate may apply for advanced status(link is external), which allows 1 unit of 900-level credit for full-time status. In all other cases, full-time status consists of a minimum enrollment in 9 units of graduate credit.
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. Full-time enrollment may or may not keep the student from falling outside the threshold of the Affordable Care Act(link is external) and/or Arizona State Retirement System(link is external)requirements. It is recommended that hiring units and graduate students refer to these policies to ensure compliance.
More information on graduate minimum enrollment policies is available from the Graduate College(link is external). Please note that some academic colleges may require more units to maintain full-time status when students are receiving financial assistance from the college. Also note that full time and minimum enrollment policies are different to maintain continuous enrollment.
Summer and Winter Sessions
During winter or pre-session, 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. A student whose financial aid agreement requires enrollment during the summer sessions should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid(link is external) to verify specific requirements. International students should check with the University's International Student Services Office(link is external) to ensure that their registration is in compliance with their visa status.