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Definition of Full-Time Status

Definition of Full-Time Status for VA Benefits

Any questions regarding doctoral studies enrollment status should be directed to the VA counselor designated to the doctoral student.

Definition of Full-Time Status for FSA Benefits

For FSA, students in the doctoral program will be considered full-time for each 16-week term*. This includes terms during which the dissertation is being worked.

  • Full-Time = 6+ credit hours (courses) or 1 credit hour dissertation course
  • Half-Time = 3 credit hours (courses) per term

*Students who must retake any course(s) must do so within a subsequent term. Enrollment status may differ for this term and will be based on course credit hours. Students must maintain at least half-time status to be eligible for FSA Direct Loans.

Any questions regarding doctoral studies enrollment status should be directed to the assigned Financial Aid Advisor.

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