Part-Time & Minimum Enrollment

Part-time & Minimum Enrollment

UC Santa Cruz is a full-time enrollment institution. However, there are certain unique circumstances that may require a student to go Part-Time. In these situations, students would need to be approved for the Official Part-Time Program by the Office of the Registrar to prevent the billing of partial aid.

Students approved for part-time status are required to enroll in 6-10 credits and are eligible for a 50 percent reduction in the Tuition Fee and, if applicable, a 50 percent reduction in the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. For more information on eligibility requirements, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Students who do not enroll in the Official Part-Time Program and are enrolled in less than 12 credits on the add/drop/swap date of the quarter are required to pay full-time tuition and fees. Students in this scenario will be billed for a portion of their financial aid based on the number of credits enrolled per federal, state and university grant requirements.

Grant funds adjusted to meet the following percentages:

      9-11 Credits

75% of the original grant amount

      6 - 8 Credits  50% of the original grant amount 
      5 or Less Credits 25% of original Pell Grant, 0% all other aid

Please note: Per AB 2248, if you are a Cal Grant recipient you must take 15 quarter credits, or 45 quarter credits per academic year to graduate in 4 years.

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