The University defines full-time course work as enrollment in a minimum of 12 credits each term (the two, six-week summer sessions combined are regarded as one term); this load is considered to be the equivalent of 40 hours of study per week. Half-time status is defined as enrollment in a minimum of 6 credits or their equivalent. Students may be certified as having full-time or half-time equivalency for an academic term under specific conditions, which appear on the Full-Time/Half-Time Equivalency form.
Before filing for equivalency, you should consult the Office of Financial Aid to see if equivalency will affect your financial aid package. Keep in mind that financial aid is based on billable credit hours (the actual number of credits for which a student is enrolled) and not any additional approved equivalency credits that a student is eligible to receive.
For a complete explanation of Gallatin's full-time/half-time equivalency policy, please see the Full-Time/Half-Time Equivalency form. This form should be completed and submitted online. When a student submits the form, Gallatin will send an email to the student's adviser to verify his or her approval. Note that it is the student's responsibility to follow up with the adviser to make sure that he or she submits approval. If you have questions about this process, please contact the Administrative Director of the M.A. program.