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Full-time Enrollment for Graduate Students

Policy
Purpose: 

Defines full-time and part-time enrollment for graduate students

Applies to: 

Graduate students on the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

Campus: 
Lawrence
Edwards
Policy Statement: 

This policy defines the categories of full-time and part-time enrollment. For other policies related to enrollment and employment, please see the list below under related documents.

Full-time enrollment for Fall and Spring semesters:

  • Enrollment in 9 credit hours;
  • Enrollment in 6 credit hours plus a GTA, GRA, or GA appointment, regardless of percentage of appointment;
  • Enrollment in 6 credit hours for graduate students using the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) and Post-9/11 GI Bill – Active Duty;
  • Doctoral candidates enrolled in dissertation hour(s). See Doctoral Candidacy (post-comprehensive enrollment).

Full-time enrollment for Summer semesters:

  • Enrollment in 6 credit hours;
  • Enrollment in 3 credit hours plus a GTA, GRA, or GA appointment, regardless of percentage of appointment;
  • Enrollment in 3 credit hours for graduate students using the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) and Post-9/11 GI Bill – Active Duty;
  • Doctoral candidates enrolled in dissertation hour(s). See Doctoral Candidacy (post-comprehensive enrollment).

3/4-time enrollment for Fall and Spring semesters:

  • Enrollment in 7 credit hours;
  • Enrollment in 4.5 credit hours plus a GRA appointment*, regardless of percentage of appointment.

3/4-time enrollment for Summer semesters:

  • Enrollment in 4.5 credit hours;
  • Enrollment in 2 credit hours plus a GRA appointment*, regardless of percentage of appointment.

Half-time enrollment for Fall and Spring semesters:

  • Enrollment in 5 credit hours;
  • Enrollment in 3 credit hours plus a GRA appointment*, regardless of percentage of appointment;
  • Enrollment in 3 credit hours for graduate students using the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) and Post-9/11 GI Bill – Active Duty.

Half-time enrollment for Summer semesters:

  • Enrollment in 3 credit hours;
  • Enrollment in 1 credit hour plus a GRA appointment*, regardless of percentage of appointment;
  • Enrollment in 1 credit hour for graduate students using the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) and Post-9/11 GI Bill – Active Duty.

*Only master’s students in their last semester of study are eligible for the 3/4-time and half-time enrollment exception while holding a GRA. For more information, see the policy on Graduate Research Assistant Appointment Eligibility.

Students enrolled in fewer hours than defined by half-time enrollment are considered part-time.

All students should check with their graduate degree programs and Graduate Studies’ policies to determine whether additional enrollment requirements or summer enrollment requirements exist.

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

There are a few internship programs that have been approved by Graduate Studies to count as full-time enrollment. Students enrolled in these internship programs will be counted as full-time students.

Contact: 

Graduate Studies
785-864-8040
graduate@ku.edu

Approved by: 
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Approved on: 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Effective on: 
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Keywords: 
Graduate students, Full-time enrollment, 3/4-time enrollment, Half-time enrollment, Part-time enrollment
Review, Approval & Change History: 

06/07/16: Graduate Studies added Student Employee Eligibility Requirements and Appointment Limits to Related Policies. Minor cleanup.

04/13/2015: Graduate Studies added ¾-time enrollment category for Financial Aid purposes.

04/09/2015: Fixed broken link to Master's Enrollment Requirements policy.

10/17/2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).

12/06/2012: This policy was updated.

Academic Categories: 
Enrollment

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