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PART-TIME STUDY

    A formal, Reduced Fee Part-Time Study Program is available at UCI.

    Allowable reasons for part-time study

    A reduced fee part-time study program may be approved only for reasons pertaining to:

    • occupation
    • family responsibilities
    • health
    • undergraduates needing to complete 10 or less units in their final quarter before graduation

    Undergraduate Students:

    • Require the approval of the student's academic dean(s).
    • May pick up the form Petition for Reduced Fee Part-Time Study Program at the Registrar's Office or academic advising office.
    • Part-time undergraduates may enroll in ten units or less.
    • Must submit the completed petition to the Registrar's Office by Friday of the third week of instruction, during the quarter in which part-time status is to begin.
    • Must pay tuition and fees by Friday of the third week of instruction.

    Graduate Students:

    • Require the approval of the student's departmental advisor and the dean of Graduate Division.
    • May download the Reduced Fee Part-Time Study Program petition from the Graduate Division website.
    • Part-time graduates may enroll in eight units or less.
    • Must submit the completed request form to the Graduate Division by Wednesday of the third week of instruction, during the quarter in which part-time status is to begin.
    • Must pay tuition and fees by Friday of the third week of instruction.

    Course enrollment limits

    Undergraduate Students: 10 units or less
    Graduate Students: 8 units or less

    These unit limits will be enforced from the time the petition is filed to the end of the quarter. You will be assessed for full-time tuition and fees if your enrollment exceeds the allowable amount of units. If the student enrolls in more than the allotted number of units they will be billed the amount that was earlier deducted from their tuition and fees.

    There are no exceptions to the enrollment limit or filing deadline dates.

    Graduate students must meet the residence requirement in order to be eligible for part-time tuition and fee status. To meet the residence requirement, a minimum of four units must be completed per quarter.

    Length of program

    Undergraduate Students
    Part-time status is granted for an academic year. It will begin with the first quarter in which the part-time status is initiated, and will remain in effect until the end of the academic year. (Spring quarter)

    Examples:

    • If part-time status is initiated beginning Fall quarter, it will be in effect for the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of that academic year.
    • If part-time status is initiated beginning Winter quarter, it will be in effect only for the Winter and Spring quarters of that academic year.

    Students must reapply for part-time status each academic year. Part-time status will not automatically carry forward into the following academic year.

    Graduate Students
    For information on graduate part-time status, please refer to the Graduate Division website and/or the Reduced Fee Part-Time Study Program petition.

    Canceling part-time tuition and fees status

    To cancel part-time tuition and fees status during the academic year, undergraduate students must:

    • pick up a new Petition for Reduced Fees Part-Time Study Program at the Registrar's Office
    • check the box marked Cancel part-time study
    • obtain a signature of approval from their academic dean
    • submit the completed form to the Registrar's Office

    To cancel part-time tuition and fees status during the academic year, graduate students must:

    Tuition and Fees

    In addition to all other required tuition and fees, students approved for part-time status pay

    • 50% of Tuition

    and, if applicable

    • 50% of the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition and/or
    • 50% Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition

    Detailed information regarding reduced fees for part-time study can be viewed here:

    Part-time students are expected to observe the campus fee payment and enrollment deadlines.

    Students assessed with full-time tuition and fees may have the assessment changed before paying tuition and fees by submitting the approved petition for part-time study to the Registrar's Office or Graduate Division before the fee payment deadline. Do not wait until the last day. Allow sufficient time for the review process and approval.

    Petitions for part-time study may be submitted after full-time enrollment tuition and fees have been paid if the petition deadline has not passed.

    • For undergraduate students the petition deadline is: Friday of the third week of instruction, during the quarter in which part-time status is to begin.
    • For graduate students the petition deadline is:  Wednesday of the third week of instruction, during the quarter in which part-time status is to begin.

    Refunds of excess tuition and fees paid will begin processing on the Tuesday of the fourth week of instruction.  Students who receive financial aid via EFT (electronic fund transfer) will receive their refund via EFT. Otherwise, refunds are mailed to the student's local mailing address on record.

    Students receiving financial aid should check with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships regarding the status of their refund.

    Health Insurance

    Undergraduate students approved for part-time status are eligible for the University's student health insurance and may use the Student Health Center facilities. Details, including waiver information, can be found in the health insurance section of our fees page.

    Graduate students approved for part-time status are eligible for GSHIP. Details, including waiver information, can be found in the health insurance section of our fees page.

    Financial aid and fellowships

    Financial Aid

    Students receiving financial aid should check with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships before petitioning for part-time status in order to determine how their financial aid award will be affected. In most cases, part-time enrollment affects eligibility for deferment of the repayment of student loans.

    Fellowships (Graduate Students)

    All university fellowships require full-time enrollment in graduate level courses. For extramural fellowships, students must refer to and adhere to the individual agency guidelines established by the sponsor. Be advised that part-time status will make students ineligible for any fellowship support that they may have received previously in the quarter for which they are petitioning for part-time status.

    F1 and J1 student visas

    Students attending UCI on an F1 or J1 student visa must enroll full-time (12 or more units) and should not file for part-time study without the approval of the International Center.