Your financial aid will be awarded based on full-time enrollment which is 12 or more credit hours (10 hours for graduate students). However, you may choose to enroll in fewer courses each term of your entire academic career or simply find yourself as a part-time student for an occasional term. In all cases, your financial aid will automatically adjust on your eBill to match your registration through the 15th day of the term. In rare cases, your total aid eligibility may adjust with a part-time budget adjustment.
Students attending less than full-time are categorized broadly as part-time for that term. For financial aid purposes, sub-categories of half-time and less than half-time are used to define financial aid fund eligibility.
The chart below can assist you in planning how your aid funds will adjust based on your enrollment. Use it with the term breakdown of your financial aid award offer to view the full-time (or 100%) amount. Calculate how your aid will decrease for non-full-time terms and, as always, project your tuition costs for those same terms to anticipate any out-of-pocket expenses you may have.
NOTE: Undergraduate aid programs and hours noted in chart below. Graduate students are eligible for awarded scholarships (often requiring full-time enrollment of 10 hours a term) and work-study and loans (requiring a minimum of half-time enrollment of 5 hours).
|Full-Time (12+ hours)||Co-op||Part-Time
|Less than Half-Time
(< 6 hours)
|University Need Grant||100%||n/a||100%||100%||n/a|
|Cincinnati Pride Grant||100%||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Perkins, Nursing & Health Professions Loans||100%||n/a||100%||100%||n/a|
|Subsidized, Unsubsidized & PLUS Loans||100%||100%||100%||100%||n/a|
Because financial aid awards are initially made with the assumption that students will be enrolled full time, adjustments will have to occur upon verification that a student is enrolling part-time. The cost of attendance or financial aid budget for part-time students is adjusted to reflect the lower amount of tuition and other educational expenses typically incurred by less than full time students.
Student Financial Aid will review all part-time students both before the beginning of each term and after the first two weeks (15th day) to ensure the amount of aid received in the term does not exceed the adjusted part-time budget.
In rare cases where aid eligibility is reduced due to a smaller aid budget, a student may have a balance due following the aid adjustment if refund checks were processed in advance of the adjustment. Student Financial Aid will notify students of any aid eligibility adjustment due to part-time status via their UConnect email account.
While many loan funds are available at 100% even when part-time, students should consider their indebtedness when choosing their loan amount. It can be easy to accept loans at full value and attend at part-time only to reach your life-time borrowing limit more quickly.