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