A matriculated student is one who meets all entrance requirements and who has begun working in a definite program toward the graduate degree. A maximum of seven calendar years is allowed for the completion of the graduate degree. A maximum of 10 calendar years is permitted for Theology and Ministry students participating only during summer sessions.
Students should know that they are classified differentially for financial aid purposes and for program purposes.
For financial aid purposes, graduate students are classified as follows:
- A full-time student is one who is matriculated and registered for six or more hours of credit for the semester
- A part-time student is one who is matriculated and registered for a minimum of three credits for the semester.
- A non-degree student is one who has not matriculated into the graduate program, but who has been given permission by the director of the program to take specific courses.
So designated full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply for financial aid.
For program purposes, all graduate students are considered to be part-time except for students who are enrolled in programs designated as full-time.