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Enrollment Status & Minimum Hours

Important Information Concerning Pell Grant and Campus-Based Aid

Your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and Campus-Based Aid programs depends on your enrollment status as of the last day to add classes for each term:


  • Fall 2017: Friday, September 1, 2017
  • Spring 2018: Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Summer 2018: Wednesday, May 23, 2018


  • Fall 2016: Monday, September 2nd 2016
  • Spring 2017: Friday January 20th 2017
  • Summer 2017: Wednesday, May 24th 2017


All courses for the applicable semester must be added by this date, including second and short term courses. Any courses added after this date will not be used in determining your eligibility for these programs. The Federal Pell Grant is awarded based on full time enrollment status, but will adjust for 3/4 time, 1/2 time, and less than half time enrollment.   Please refer to award information for credit hour requirements by individual award.

Enrollment Status

Credit hour requirements at the University of Utah

Student Full Time Three-Quarter Time Half Time Less than Half Time
Undergraduate 12+ hours per term 9-11 hours per term 6-8 hours per term <6 hours per term
Graduate 9+ hours per term N/A 5-8 hours per term <5 hours per term

Notice for Graduate Students: Graduate students who are registered for three credit hours in any one of the following classes are considered full-time status:

a) Classes within the range of 6970-6989, 7970-7989
b) Social Work 6511, 6512, 6521 or 6522
c) Pharmacology and Toxicology 7920

This does not fulfill state residency requirements.

Last Updated: 11/21/17