The number of credit hours you register for can affect your aid.

Making sure you enroll in enough credits is important to receiving all financial aid. Each financial aid program has different enrollment requirements. In order to qualify for financial aid, you generally need to be registered at least half time.

Enrollment Statuses

Enrollment LevelUndergraduateGraduate/Professional
Full time12 or more credits9 or more credits
Three-quarter time9-11 creditsn/a
Half time6-8 credits6-8 credits
Less than half time5 or fewer credits5 or fewer credits

Minimum Enrollment Requirements by Program

Full timeHalf time Less than half time
Federal Pell Grant*
Institutional ScholarshipsFederal Direct LoansFederal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
Most Private Loans**

*The Federal Pell Grant has a sliding scale of the minimum enrollment in order to qualify. Use the Federal Pell Grant Calculator to determine your minimum enrollment level based upon your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

**Each lender has their own enrollment requirements. Generally lenders require at least half time enrollment. Check with your lender for your specific requirements.