Full & Half Time Status

Definitions

Full-time (FT) student status, fall and spring semesters 

Note: Courses taken as audit do not count towards full-time student status.

Graduates: 9 credits per semester

Graduate students on assistantships are certified as full-time when enrolled in 1.0 or more credits (fall, spring, or summer), providing the assistantship is coded on the student's record in the Graduate College.

Undergraduates: 12 credits per semester

Half-time (HT) student status, fall and spring semesters

Graduates: 5 credits per semester

Undergraduates: 6 credits per semester

Summer status: Status during the summer for both graduate and undergraduate students depends on the number of weeks a student is enrolled. See chart below. If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar certifications area at 515-294-1840.

For questions regarding financial aid and summer enrollment, see http://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/.

 
Calendar
Undergrad
Grad
Days
<HT
HT
FT
<HT
HT
FT
Up to 9 weeks
0-61
0-2
2.5-5
5.5 or higher
0-2
2.5-4
4.5 or higher
10-11.5 weeks
62-80
0-3
3.5-8
8.5 or higher
0-2
2.5-5
5.5 or higher
12 weeks or more
81 or higher
0-4
4.5-8
8.5 or higher
0-3
3.5-6
6.5 or higher


Graduate students not on assistantship, who meet certain conditions, may be certified as either a full-time or half-time student for loan deferment purposes. To qualify, a graduate student must be accepted into a degree program, registered for course credit and get approval from the Graduate College which allows certification as either full-time or half-time. Contact the Graduate College at 515-294-4531 or by email for the specific qualifications and the form Certification as a Half-time or Full-time Student for Loan Deferment to request this approval.

Enrollment Verification Certificates: ISU students can obtain an official printed enrollment certificate at no cost, by accessing the National Students Clearinghouse via AccessPlus. The enrollment certificate can be presented to health insurance agencies, housing authorities, consumer product companies, banks, etc. as required to provide official evidence of enrollment at Iowa State University. To obtain your certification, select "Enrollment cert" on the AccessPlus student menu.