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Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin

Full-Time Student Status and Enrollment Requirements

Full-Time Student Status for Official Enrollment Certification Purposes

Listed below are the requirements that constitute full-time student status for official enrollment certification purposes by the Office of the Registrar and for financial assistance.

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for determining standards for full-time and half-time enrollment and if an exception to those standards can be made. Questions regarding exceptions should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

A student who is working on an undergraduate degree that requires 120 to 128 credit (unit) hours for completion of requirements should expect to complete 15 or 16 credit (unit) hours during regular semesters in order to complete degree requirements in eight semesters. See your advisor for more specific information regarding academic full-time credit (unit) hour recommendations for your program.

Note that correspondence courses will not be counted toward credit (unit) hour totals.

Fall/Spring/Summer:
Undergraduate - 12 hrs.
Graduate - 8 hrs.

Full-time enrollment for Kelley Direct online MBA students is 6 credits per term.

Enrollment Requirements for Selected University Services

Fall/Spring/Summer
Fellowships1,2 Grad. - 6 hrs.3
Assistantships4 Grad. - 6 hrs.
Student-Athletes Undergrad. - 12 hrs.
Grad. - 6 hrs.
1 Except for those enrolled in thesis or dissertation hours.
2 Some fellowships require enrollment in more than 6 credit hours. Consult the IU office that is providing the fellowship for more information.
3 For summer fellowships, consult the IU office providing the fellowship for enrollment.
4 Graduate students on an assistantship (student academic appointment) at 37.5% FTE or greater must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Residential Programs & Services

To be eligible to reside in the residence halls, you must be:

  • a registered, full-time IU student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours as an undergraduate student or enrolled in the number of credit hours as defined as full time by your academic program as a graduate student, or
  • a student who is enrolled in Hoosier Link and who has been approved by RPS for residency, or
  • deemed eligible by the manager of assignments.

Upon loss of eligibility, you agree to vacate your unit within three (3) calendar days, and the cancellation and release provisions of this contract will determine your remaining contractual obligations.

Enrollment Requirements for International Students

Academic Level Fall/Spring Summer
Undergraduate 12 hrs.6 hrs.
Graduate 8 hrs.4 hrs.
Graduate SAA 6 hrs.3 hrs.
* Applies to students who have NOT been enrolled at IU in the previous 5 months. Summer term starts are restricted to 2nd 8 weeks.

Full-Time Student Status for Veterans Administration Certification Purposes

Fall/Spring
Undergraduate 12 hrs.
Graduate 8 hrs.

For full-time status purposes, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs considers twelve-, eight-, six-, and four-week classes, as well as other non-standard duration courses, differently than the university. For further information about this as well as part-time certification requirements, please contact Veterans Support Services in the Indiana Memorial Union Room M084, or at vetserv@indiana.edu, (812) 856-1985.