Enrollment Status/Course Load Requirements

Enrollment status may be reported to external agencies such as the National Student Clearinghouse.  Audited classes are excluded when determining enrollment status.  For official reporting purposes, Weber State University uses the following definitions:

Full-Time: Undergraduate students carrying 12 or more credit hours per semester.  Students who desire to graduate in four years (eight semesters) must average at least 15 credit hours per semester. 

Graduate students:  In order to be considered a full-time matriculated graduate student, a student must be:

  1. Registered for 9 or more graduate credits; or
  2. Registered for 5 or more graduate credits and be employed as a graduate assistant for 15 hours per week or more; or
  3. Registered for 3 graduate credits if working on the research component of their degree and all remaining requirements have been completed (the student’s Program of Study must have been submitted to the School of Graduate Studies); or
  4. Registered for 3 graduate credits during the final semester of their program. 

Note:  Departments may require students to register for a minimum or maximum number of credit hours each semester in order to be eligible to participate in the program.  For example, eligibility for Federal Financial Aid requires 6 or more credit hours per semester.  Students on scholarship must be registered for 12 or more credit hours per semester, unless otherwise indicated. 

Three-Quarter Time: Undergraduate students carrying 9 through 11 credit hours in a semester.

Half-Time: Undergraduate students carrying 6 to 9 credit hours and graduate students carrying 5 to 8 credit hours in a semester. 

Less Than Half-Time: Undergraduates carrying 1 through 5 credit hours or graduate students carrying 1 through 4 credit hours in a semester.

Zero-Time: Undergraduate and Graduate students carrying 0 credit hours in a semester.

Note:  The Services for Students with Disabilities may recommend that students with disabilities enroll in a course load of less than 12 credit hours (FTE).  In these cases, students will be afforded full-time status and will be eligible for all benefits available to other full-time students at Weber State University that are within the University’s purview.  Exception:  Weber State cannot override federal financial aid requirements.  Full time status for financial aid regardless of disability is a minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduates and 9 for graduates.