Changing Enrollment Status

The University defines "full-time" enrollment as taking 12 or more credits in one semester, and "half-time" enrollment as taking 6 or more credits in one semester. You may change your enrollment status from full-time to part-time, or vice versa, without notifying the University.

However, your enrollment status may have implications for financial aid, particularly as it pertains to federal student loans; student who are not at least half-time are ineligible for Stafford Loans.

If you receive federal financial aid, contact the NYU Financial Aid office at financialaid@nyu.edu or the StudentLink Center if you change your enrollment status and are not sure how it will affect your federal aid. If you receive a Wagner scholarship, you should contact wagner.financialaid@nyu.edu if you change your enrollment status.

EQUIVALENCIES

Fall and Spring Terms

If you are taking fewer than 6 credits, you may be granted half-time equivalency in the following circumstances:

  • You are enrolled in Capstone (1.5 credits), plus 3 credits of coursework = 4.5 credits;
  • You are unable to reach 6 credits without exceeding the number of credits required to graduate*;
  • You are completing an incomplete in addition to taking a class for credit (as long as the incomplete class plus the credit class add up to 6 or more total credits);

*This generally applies to your final semester, 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 taking fewer than 12 credits, you may be granted full-time equivalency in the following circumstances:

  • You are completing an incomplete in addition to taking classes for credit (as long as the incomplete class + the credit classes add up to 12 or more total credits);
  • You are enrolled in Capstone (1.5 credits), plus 9 credits of coursework = 10.5 credits;
  • You are unable to reach 10.5 credits but are enrolled in Capstone, plus 6.0-7.5 credits of coursework = 7.5-9.0 credits;

Full-time equivalency in fall and spring is generally only necessary for students studying on a visa, veterans, or students with non-Wagner fellowships/scholarships. Students taking 6 or more credits are automatically eligible for federal aid.

 

January Term

If you are taking coursework in the January term and the spring term, and your combined credit total is 6 or more credits, you will be eligible for federal financial aid.

If you are taking January coursework, but are not enrolling in the spring term, you should contact Wagner Student Services to discuss your plans and eligibility for equivalency.

 

Summer Term

If you are taking 3.0-4.5 credits of coursework in the summer term, you are eligible for half-time equivalency.

If you are taking 6.0-7.5 credits of coursework in the summer term, you are eligible for full-time equivalency.

REQUEST EQUIVALENCY

If you would like to request full-time or half-time equivalency, please fill out the following form:
Request for Equivalency
You should request equivalency only after you have registered for all of your courses for the semester, including Capstone registration (if applicable).
 

ENROLLMENT MISMATCH HOLD

You must update your "anticipated credits" in Albert to insure you do not have an "enrollment mismatch" hold in Albert. Once updated, NYU Financial Aid can disburse the appropriate financial aid award. For instructions, watch the Video Tutorial: Enrollment Mismatch Hold on the NYU Financial Aid Office's "Common Disbursement Issues" website.

DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Doctoral Students who are maintaining matriculation or are registered in Research in Progress are eligible to receive full-time equivalency and should email wagner.academicservices@nyu.edu.

VETERANS

Veteran students who qualify for equivalency must complete the equivalency form above in order to receive benefits appropriately. For more information about using your GI benefits, visit the NYU website.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Students studying on a visa that requires full-time enrollment should consult this NYU OGS page for further details regarding their final semester.