Full-Time Undergraduate Student Status
Full-time status for an undergraduate student varies with the college and study program, but ordinarily requires a course load of at least 12 units per semester. Students in doubt about their standing should check with the their college dean's office.
Full-Time Graduate Student Status
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 not employed as a Graduate Assistant/ Associate may apply for advanced status, 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 and/or Arizona State Retirement System 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. 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 to verify specific requirements. International students should check with the University's International Student Services Office to ensure that their registration is in compliance with their visa status.
Maximum Number of Units Allowed Per Semester
The maximum number of units allowed in fall and spring semesters is determined by the college in which you are enrolled. Summer and winter unit maxima are determined by the session in which you are enrolled. See below. The maximum number of units include all work carried in residence as well as concurrent registration in approved courses at other institutions. Medical students please consult the College of Medicine.
Approval of the college dean is required for any student to exceed the maximum number of units allowed per semester.
Summer and Winter Session Unit Maxima:
3/2017 Note: Amended Unit Maxima for extended summer terms.
Summer Session Unit Maxima:
|Session||Maximum # of Units|
|Seven Week I||9|
|Seven Week II||9|
|10-Week Summer Session||14|
|13-Week Summer Session||18|
Winter Session Unit Maxima:
|Session||Maximum # of Units|
Fall and Spring Unit Maxima:
|College or School||Maximum # of Units|
|Agriculture and Life Sciences||19|
|Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture||19|
|Family and Consumer Sciences, School of||19|
|Letters, Arts and Science, Colleges of||19|
|Medicine (Physiology Department)||19|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||19|
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