The University defines "full time" as taking 12 or more credits in one semester, and "half time" as taking 6 or more credits in one semester. A student's time status has implications for financial aid, particularly as it pertains to Federal student loans; students who are not at least half-time are ineligible for Stafford Loans.
For student loan purposes, students who are taking fewer than 6 credits may be granted an equivalency in the following circumstances:
Students who must be full-time students (e.g. students studying on a visa, veterans, students with non-Wagner fellowships/scholarships) may be granted full-time equivalency in the following circumstances:
If you are an MPA or MUP student, and you would like to request equivalency, please fill out the following form:
Students should request equivalency only after their schedule has been finalized for the semester, including Capstone registration (if applicable).
Enrollment Mismatch Hold
Students must update their "anticipated credits" in Albert to insure they do not have an "enrollment mismatch" hold in Albert. Once updated, NYU Financial Aid can disburse the appropriate financial aid award. For instructions, consult the document and screenshots here and the NYU Financial Aid webpage here.
Doctoral Students who are maintaining matriculation or are registered in Research in Progress are eligible to receive full-time equivalency.
Veteran students who qualify for equivalency must complete the equivalency form on the left in order to receive benefits appropriately. For more information about using your GI benefits, visit the NYU website.
Students studying on a visa that requires full-time enrollment should consult this NYU OGS page for further details regarding their final semester.