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Full-time and Half-time Status for Students
Statement of Policy
The purpose of this policy is to define full-time and half-time status for students at Excelsior College for both undergraduate and graduate-level programs of study.
The U. S. Department of Education defines a standard academic year as 30 weeks of instruction.
In order for students to qualify for half-time status they are required to register for at least 6 credits of Excelsior College courses that start on the same date/term. An exception to this policy is for students taking accelerated courses. An accelerated course is defined as one that is comprised of less than 15 weeks of instruction. This exception allows students to register for a minimum of 3 credits in an 8-week accelerated course in one term, and still be eligible to receive federal student financial aid if they register for at least one additional 3-credit course in the next consecutive 8-week term. May and July are not consecutive terms because they fall in different academic years. The academic year at Excelsior College is July 1 to June 30.
The following chart will be used to define full-time and half-time status for the many different Periods of Enrollment (POE) or terms that Excelsior College offers undergraduate students:
Exception to this policy: The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
The U. S. Department of Education defines a standard academic year as 30 weeks of instruction. However, because full-time status for an academic year in a graduate-level program is not defined by the Department of Education, it needs to be defined by the college.
Excelsior College has defined full-time status for an academic year, graduate-level program, as a minimum of 12 credit hours for 30 weeks of instruction.
Half-time status is defined as 6 credit hours over the same period of instruction (30 weeks).
Note: See Maximum Credit Hour Policy - Undergraduate and Graduate for limitations on maximum credit load.
The following chart will be used to define full-time and half-time status for the different periods of enrollment or terms that Excelsior College offers graduate students: