FT/PT Status, Tuition Deferment, & Scholarships - College of Professional and Continuing Education

Full-Time, Part-Time Status

Undergraduate students are considered part time when registered for 11 or fewer semester hours. Students registering for 12 or more credit hours in a semester are full-time students and are subject to regular full-time tuition and fee rates. Full- or part-time status is determined by the total semester hours of credit assigned to the courses for which a student registers in a given term, including courses being audited. Students enrolled in online programs are charged on a per credit basis even when enrolled for 12 hours or more; they pay part time fees.

Employee Benefits

Many employers offer tuition assistance plans for employees who are enrolled in credit courses. Persons who are employed should contact their Human Resources office to determine if such plans are available.

Tuition Deferment Loan Program

Students who are eligible for their employer's tuition reimbursement program may apply for tuition deferment. Contact the Student Financial Services Office.

Dean’s Merit Awards

Realizing that many academically strong, working adults with the desire to attend the College of Professional and Continuing Education—even those with some partial assistance from other sources—may find the tuition cost-prohibitive, the college provides Dean’s Merit Awards. In addition to financial need, other considerations for these awards are the applicant’s

  1. academic potential,
  2. work-related experience, and
  3. desire to develop new career skills.

Awards vary in value from $100 to $1000 per term and can be received multiple times during a student's program of study. Requirements are that applicants be enrolled in a degree program and complete the special application by May 1 for the summer sessions, August 1 for the fall semester and by December 1 for the spring semester.

Osher Reentry Scholarship

Osher Reentry Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to a limited number of nontraditional undergraduate students who have demonstrated the promise of achieving academic success. Applicants must have a cumulative 5-year interruption from their college studies and demonstrate the potential for academic career success. This annual award is applied equally to the fall and spring semesters. For a complete list of criteria and an application, contact the College of Professional and Continuing Education. 

Other Scholarships

In addition to the grants, loans and scholarships listed here, there are several scholarships funded by various organizations and other private and University endowed scholarships.