Graduate Student Registration Status

Latest Revision
May 2024

Policy Contact
School of Graduate Studies

Policy Statement

A graduate student at SUNY Oneonta has full-time status for Enrollment Verification purposes when: enrolled for at least 9 graduate credits per fall or spring semester or registered for thesis credit(s).

Some programs have curricula designed around more than 9 credit hours per semester. The number of credit hours taken per semester may affect time to degree.

New York State full-time tuition rates and federal financial aid are calculated based on a 12-credit load. Graduate student eligibility for federal student loans begins at 6 graduate credits during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.


SUNY Oneonta has previously used the 12-credit threshold for full-time tuition to define full-time status for enrollment purposes, creating a required credit load for full-time graduate students that is unusual both within the SUNY system and beyond. Additionally, the revised policy allows students enrolled in thesis courses to be full-time with as little as one credit, a policy that other SUNY comprehensive colleges have already implemented.

While creating a lower minimum, this revision recognizes that some programs currently have curricula built around 12-credit semesters. It also clearly explains that tuition and financial aid use different standards for full-time calculations.

Applicability of the Policy

This policy applies to all SUNY Oneonta graduate students.

Policy Elaboration









Questions related to the daily operational interpretation of this policy should be directed to:

Dean of the School of Graduate Studies


Related Documents / Policies

Financial Aid opportunities, including Graduate Assistantships, are outlined in the Graduate Catalogue

Effective Dates

Latest Revision Approved by the President on 5/22/2024

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