Enrollment Status Descriptions for Financial Aid

Enrollment statuses are the same for every semester: fall, spring, and summer.

Undergraduate (1000 - 4000 level courses) Graduate (5000 - 7000 level courses)
Full-time: 12 or more undergraduate credit hours. Full-time: 9 or more graduate credit hours.
3/4 time: 9-11 undergraduate credit hours. 3/4 time: 7-8 graduate credit hours.
1/2 time: 6-8 undergraduate credit hours 1/2 time: 5-6 graduate credit hours.

Things to be aware of regarding enrollment:

  • Must be an active degree seeking student
  • Most financial aid awards require at least half-time attendance and many programs require full-time attendance.
  • Grants, including Federal Pell Grant, are offered based on full-time enrollment; however, actual amount disbursed is based on enrolled credits at the end of drop/add. Some grants will pay for full-time status only, others will pro-rate for part-time status. Check the minimum credit hours on the Aid Types page.
  • BCU awards are prorated based upon actual BCU hours enrolled.
  • Once you have passed a course, you can take the course one more time and it can count in your hours enrolled for receipt of federal aid and BCU Grants.
  • Courses taken on an audit basis do not count in determining your enrollment status for financial aid.
  • If you have both undergraduate and graduate level classes, check the multi-level enrollment page for more information.