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 the required number of credits may be granted an equivalency in the following circumstances:
To qualify for full-time equivalency you must be registered for classes and meet one of the following criteria:
To qualify for half-time equivalency you must be registered for classes and meet one of the following criteria:
*This generally applies to the final semester in a student's career, but in some cases may apply to an earlier semester. For example, if you are taking 3 credits in Spring because you only have Capstone to take in the following Fall and Spring terms, half-time equivalency might be granted for all three semesters.
If you are an MPA or MUP student, and you would like to request half-time or full-time 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).
Note: Students studying on a visa that requires full-time enrollment in their final semester should consult this NYU OGS page for further details.
Doctoral Students who are maintaining matriculation or are registered in Research in Progress are eligible to receive full-time equivalency.