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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: 
Edwards
Lawrence
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 active-duty military graduate students;
  • 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 active-duty military graduate students;
  • 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 active-duty military graduate students.

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 active-duty military graduate students.

*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.

Petitions for Exception

Departments may petition for program-level exceptions to this policy. After completing the department's and school's internal review procedures, petitions are submitted in writing to the Office of Graduate Studies for the Dean's determination of final action. A successful petition details why the policy requirements are academically inappropriate for the program seeking the exception, demonstrates a solution that upholds the rigor and integrity of graduate education at KU, and includes documentation of endorsement by the School or College dean's office.

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
Change History: 

12/02/2019: Updated policy. 
06/07/2016: 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: 
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