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Your enrollment status is based on the number of credits you are enrolled for in a given term.  However, your enrollment status may be different based on how it is used.

  • Institutional enrollment- The total number of credits you are enrolled for each term.  This enrollment determines how your tuition and fee charges are calculated by the Office of Student Accounts.  This is the enrollment status used for enrollment verification purposes.
  • Federal Aid enrollmentThe number of credits you are enrolled for each term that are applicable towards your degree program(s).  This enrollment level is used to determine your eligibility for federal grant, federal loan and federal work study programs.
    • If you are enrolled in any course that does not count towards your degree, or you have already satisfied the degree requirement, it cannot be used towards your federal aid enrollment status.
    • Aid is generally awarded based on the assumption that you will be full-time if you are not yet enrolled.  Federal awards may be adjusted according to your final federal aid enrollment status for the term.
  • State Aid enrollment - The number of credits you are enrolled for each term that are applicable towards your degree program, Primary Major and DEC/SBC requirements.

 

cREDIT lOAD & eNROLLMENT sTATUS

 

Full-time Three-quarter time Half-time Less than half-time
Undergraduate 12 or more credits 9 to 11 credits 6 to 8 credits 1 to 5 credits
Graduate (G1/G3) 12 or more credits 9 to 11 credits 6 to 8 credits 1 to 5 credits
Graduate (G2/G4) 9 or more credits 7 to 8 credits 6 credits 1 to 5 credits

Graduate (G5) 

Advanced to Candidacy

9 or more credits 7-8 credits 6  credits 1-5 credits

 

 

HOW CREDITS ARE CONSIDERED FOR EACH ENROLLMENT TYPE

Institutional  

Federal

State

The total number of credits you are enrolled for each term.

These credits may or may not be applicable to your declared degree program(s).

 

 

 

 

The total number of credits you are enrolled for each term that are applicable toward your degree program(s).  This includes declared Primary Major, Secondary Major, Minor(s) and DEC/SBC requirements.


The total of these degree applicable credits may differ from your institutional enrollment for the term.

 

 

The total number of credits you are enrolled for each term that are applicable toward your degree program.  This includes Primary Major*, and DEC/SBC requirements only.  Minors may only be considered if required by your degree program.

*Exception for Excelsior Scholarship and EOP, see below.

The total of these degree applicable credits may differ from your institutional enrollment and federal enrollment for the term.

  

tYPES OF AID & ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

Type of Aid Minimum Credits Required Any Credits Apply Credits Must Be Applicable to Degree Program(s), Primary Major, Secondary Major, Minor(s) or DEC/SBC Requirements Credits Must Be Applicable to Degree Program, Primary Major or DEC/SBC Requirements

Institutional Scholarships & Grants (i.e. Presidential, Provostial, SB Campus Grant, etc.)

12 Yes - -
Federal Aid  
  Pell Grant 1 (depends on EFC) - Yes -
SEOG 1 - Yes -
Direct Loans 6 -  Yes
-
Perkins -  Yes
-
Federal Work Study  -  Yes -
NY State Aid     
  Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) 12  - - Yes
Aid for Part-time Study (APTS) 3 (but less than 12)  - - Yes
Most other NYS Grant/Scholarship Programs 12 - - Yes
Excelsior Scholarship  12  Yes   -
EOP Funding 12  Yes    -

 You are highly encouraged to review how your enrollment applies to your degree requirements.

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