To be considered full-time, students must be enrolled in at least 3.5 units of coursework during the semester. When considering dropping or withdrawing from a course or otherwise carrying a part-time course load, students should be aware of the potential adverse effects on financial aid, health insurance, NCAA athletic eligibility, and visa status.
Students who begin the semester on part-time status or who fall to part-time status during the first month of the semester by dropping or withdrawing from a course will be certified as part-time students for New York state financial aid purposes and other private scholarships that require full-time certification and repayment of student loans. Part-time students will lose their New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Scholarships.
Note that foreign students, veterans, and athletes who participate in an NCAA sport are affected by a part-time status whenever the status change occurs. A student’s health insurance coverage may also be affected by being part-time.
Students considering dropping below full-time status should consult with the relevant campus offices, as well as with their academic advisor.
For the complete policy, please see the 2017-18 University Catalog "Curriculum" section (p. 18).