Forms and Policies

New/Revised Policies

Effective Fall 2011

Course Load Policy 
     1.   Full-time status:  Full-time academic status typically consists of a course load of 9 graduate-level credit hours per semester.  Some departments, though, require that students take more credits for accreditation purposes (check with your department).
     2.   Graduate assistants:  Full-time academic status for graduate assistants is 6-9 graduate level credit hours per semester.  Final assignments are determined by the department supervising the GA appointment.
     3.   Last semester of study:  Full-time academic status is granted to students in their final semester of study if they are working full-time on a master's project or master's thesis.  Advisers and department chairs need to verify the student's workload in these cases.
     4.   Finances:  In determining billing status, students pay tuition based on the number of credits they register for - up to 12 credits.
     5.   Financial Aid:   To be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled as matriculated students in an eligible program of study.  Other guidelines vary depending on the type of aid.  Various state and federal financial aid programs require that students be registered for 12 graduate credits; loans typically do not.  Students should contact the Financial Aid Office or the Graduate School for details and personalized counseling.
     6.   Fully employed part-time students registered in the fall and spring semesters should limit themselves to a maximum of two courses each semester.

Effective Fall 2012

Graduate Thesis/Project Continuation Policy:
Graduate students who have 24 or more earned hours and who do not complete their capstone requirement by the end of the term in which they have registered will receive an IP grade on their transcript.  Once a student has (a) earned 24 or more graduate hours, (b) registered for at least 1 graduate capstone requirement credit and received an IP grade, and (c) not completed the capstone requirement within two years, the student must register for 722 Thesis/Project Extended - non-credit bearing but billable for 1 credit at existing graduate tuition rates, until the thesis or project has been completed.  If the student does not register for the 722 course, he or she will become a non-matriculated student and will have to reapply for admission to the Graduate School and pay all other appropriate fees.  Reapplication must be made in accordance with the established deadline dates and current admission requirements.  Once a student has completed the thesis or project, the IP grade will be changed to the appropriate grade.