2021-2022 Academic Catalog

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Enrollment Status

Individual students receiving financial aid may be required to complete credits in addition to those listed below. The exact requirements for financial aid will be listed in the student’s financial aid award letter.

Undergraduates and Non-degree Undergraduate students:

  • Full-time
    • 12 or more credit hours
  • Half-time
    • 6 to 11.5 credit hours

Graduate and Non-degree Graduate students:

  • Full-time
    • 5 or more credit hours
    • 0 credit hours as a candidate for degree
    • 1 or more credit hours of thesis or dissertation (not master’s reports or thesis preparation)
  • Half-time
    • 3 to 4.5 credit hours


Enrollment verification of full-time/part-time attendance can be certified beginning the first day of class.

Credits used for calculating full-time/part-time enrollment status do not include interinstitutional credits, nor do they include credits from another CU campus, unless the student is enrolled through Intercampus Enrollment.

Students receiving veteran benefits should contact the Veteran Student Services manager for the definition of full-time status for summer sessions. Contact information: 303-556-2745 or VMSS@ucdenver.edu.

Individual exceptions to the minimum graduate course-load levels are considered for financial aid purposes by the financial aid committee. Students must file a written appeal with the Office of Financial Aid.

Course Load/Restrictions

In most cases, students wishing to take more than 18 semester hours (12 in the summer session) must have the overload approved by the dean of their college or school. Consult the individual college or school for specific guidelines as to course-load restrictions.