A full-time, matriculated student must meet one of the following requirements:
- Registered for 9 or more graduate credits.
- Registered for 6 or more graduate credits if employed as a graduate assistant for 15 hours or more per week.
- Registered for 3 graduate credits with all required coursework completed and only the research component of the degree remaining.
- Registered for at least 3 credits during the semester of the final thesis/dissertation defense or, in a non-thesis degree program, the last semester of coursework required on the student's Program of Study form.
Note: To defer a loan or to receive student loans, graduate students must be registered for at least 6 credits.