Undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Austin must enroll in at least 12 hours to be considered a full-time student. Click here for a list of allowed exceptions.
If you begin a semester as a full-time student but during the semester you drop a course and you go below the full-time threshold, that change will impact your full-time status.
While full-time enrollment is not a college or University requirement, less-than-full-time enrollment may impact:
Financial Aid (Including Scholarships)
If you are receiving financial aid and do not enroll full-time, be sure to consult the Financial Aid Office to discuss the impact to your aid package . If you are receiving a scholarship from UT Austin, or from an outside organization, check the terms of your scholarship to see if full-time status is required. All Moody College scholarship recipients must maintain full-time enrollment, unless prior approval has been granted.
If you are on scholastic probation, you MUST maintain at least 12 semester hours in a fall or spring semester unless prior written approval of the dean has been obtained.
Progress Towards Degree & Registration Times
Registration time slots are assigned based on your completed coursework. Enrolling in less-than-full-time hours may impact both your progress toward a four-year graduation and your registration time.
Approval for Concurrent Enrollment
Taking coursework at UT Austin and another institution (e.g. Austin Community College) during the same semester is only allowed when you are enrolled full-time at UT Austin during a fall or spring semester. See this webpage for more information
If you receive veteran's benefits, less-than-full-time status may impact the benefits you receive. Check with UT Austin's Veterans Affairs Office for details.
Only full-time students are eligible to live in on-campus housing.
Insurance (Medical, Dental, Auto, etc.)
If you are covered by your parents’ health or car insurance, the insurance company may require you to be a full-time student. See your individual policy plan for specific information.
NCAA rules require that student-athletes maintain full-time enrollment.
Student Visa Status
Contact International Student & Scholarship Services for details.
If you have a disability and are registered with the Services for Students With Disabilities office, you may discuss the Course Load Reduction Accommodation process with that office. Students who successfully complete this process will not be penalized by part-time status in policy and program areas under University control; however, auxiliary services (such as federal financial aid, personal insurance, non-University sponsored scholarships, etc.) may be affected. SSD will provide a verification letter that you may need to provide to University and non-University offices.
If you are in your final semester and only need to take between 6 and 11 hours in order to graduate that semester, you can contact your advisor after the 12th class day to seek a full-time status reclassification letter. Once this request is fully processed, the Registrar's Office's records will show that you are considered a full-time student for University purposes (though you may need to notify impacted University offices of this allowance). Bear in mind that non-UT Austin offices are not obligated to allow this exception.