Enrolling Part-Time

Two UCSC students on a benchUndergraduate and graduate students are expected to enroll full-time - financial aid offers are based on full-time enrollment unless the student is approved to enroll in the Undergraduate Part-Time Program.  Undergraduate students are expected to enroll in at least 12 units and graduate students are expected to enroll in at least 10 units each quarter; graduate Advanced to Candidacy students are expected to enroll in 5 units each quarter. 

During the academic year, aid for students accepted to the Undergraduate Part-Time Program is reviewed and adjusted if necessary when we are notified of your acceptance. 

For financial aid purposes, enrollment of all other students will is measured as of the add/drop/swap deadline each term.  This deadline is 3 weeks after the start of each term and may be found on the campus Administrative Calendar. Cal Grants and Federal Pell Grants will be reduced for students who are enrolled in less than 12 units as of this deadline.  

Pell Grant and Cal Grant will be adjusted as shown below for students enrolled in less than 12 units.  Depending on fund availability, aid that is reduced may not be replaced.  In this case, the student will be billed for the amount their grant was reduced. (Note:  Pell Grants received in summer are pro-rated somewhat differently.)

       12 Units 100% of grant
      9 - 11 Units  75% of grant
      6 - 8 Units  50% of grant 

During Summer Session, your enrollment will be reviewed as of the add/drop deadline for each session - usually at the end of the first week of classes. See the Summer Session calendar

Undergraduate students enrolled in less than 6 units and graduate students enrolled in less than 5 units, are generally not eligible to receive financial aid and will be billed for aid they received but for which they do not qualify. 

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