Your financial aid, the amount of time it takes you to finish your degree, whether or not you’re eligible for certain services—all these and more depend on your student status.
Check the enrollment requirements table for information about the fall, spring, and summer terms.
Enrollment requirements for international students
Summer enrollment requirements apply to international students who have not been enrolled at IU the previous five months. If you’re beginning your IU education during the summer term, you won’t be able to start until the second eight weeks.
Keep your financial aid
Much financial aid, especially federal loans, requires you to be enrolled in a minimum number of credit hours. Check the requirements for the type of aid you’re applying for to make sure you’re taking enough credit hours to get and keep it.
Finish your degree on time
If your degree requires 120 to 128 credit hours, you should expect to take no fewer than 15 or 16 hours per semester to complete your degree requirements in 8 semesters. Talk to your advisor for more specific credit hour recommendations for your program.
If a certain enrollment status (e.g., full- or part-time) is required for reasons such as visa status or to receive VA benefits, make sure you know how a drop might affect your eligibility.