Full-time education typically occurs at the college level when an undergraduate student is enrolled in 12 or more semester or quarter units or attends school for 12 hours per week per term. Graduate students are typically required to take fewer credits per semester, with full-time status defined by their university.
The specific number of credits or hours required to qualify for full-time student status varies slightly from one institution to another. Full-time status as a student is crucial for international students to retain their student visas. In addition, students are sometimes eligible for financial aid, scholarships or student government offices only if they attend school full time.