Exceptions to Full Time Enrollment Minimums

Per Student Rule 1.7, students may be certified as full time with fewer than the required hours under the following circumstances:

  1. Participation in an authorized cooperative education (co-op) experience;
  2. Fewer than 12 hours remain for an undergraduate student to complete degree requirements in the final semester before graduation;
  3. Participation in an approved internship that is equivalent to a full time course load (e.g. 484, 494, 684);
  4. Enrollment in student teaching course sections;
  5. Presence of a documented disability that mandates a reduced course load; or
  6. Enrollment in an approved study abroad program.

NOTE: These exceptions may not apply to a student's eligibility for certain types of financial aid. Enrollment reporting for student loan repayment purposes will be reported as actual hours enrolled. Cooperative education students are reported at full time for student loan repayment purposes. Students who have questions about how exceptions to full time enrollment requirements will affect their scholarships, loans, grants, etc., should confer with their financial aid counselor.


In most cases, international students are eligible for the same exceptions to full time requirements; however, F-1 and J-1 international students requesting an exception to full time requirements should discuss this plan in advance with International Student Services (ISS) to confirm that they will be able to maintain F-1/J-1 status while enrolled less than full time. Students who are not U.S. citizens, but who are permanent U.S. residents (VISA TYPE = IM) are not required to clear with ISS on enrollment exceptions.

Degree candidates given a full time exception will have their enrollment statuses updated by Degree Audit staff if they cancel their graduation application. F-1/J-1 international students are encouraged to inform ISS in advance if their graduation plans change.