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Half-Time Study (Graduate Students)

Find out if you're eligible for half-time status. If you are a graduate student approved for half-time status, you may be eligible for reduced fees.

Definition: You are a half-time graduate student if you're approved to enroll for 6 units.  You are considered less than half-time if you are enrolled below 6 units.

Eligibility and enrollment for half-time status

  • You can be approved for half-time status for reasons of:
    • Occupation
    • Family responsibilities
    • Health
  • The Dean of Graduate Division grants approval to enroll as a half-time student.

Application and approval

  • Apply for half-time status on the electronic Petition for Graduate Half-Time Study. (Please note, half time requests submitted through the Graduate General Petition will not be accepted.)
  • Approval of half-time status continues each quarter, unless you enroll in more than six units.
  • Application deadline:
    • You must apply for half-time study by the end of Week 2, and get approval.
    • If you've already paid full registration fees, you'll receive a refund of the overpayment within 30 days.
    • If you haven't paid the registration fees for the quarter and you file the application after the fee-payment deadline, you will be charged late fees.

    Note: If you're an international student, contact the International Student Office, (858) 534-3730 before you apply for half-time status.

Reduced fees and billing

If you have been approved for half-time study and are enrolled in 6 or fewer units at the end of Week 2, you are eligible for a reduction of:

  • One-half of tuition (formerly Education Fee)
  • One-half of nonresident supplemental tuition, if applicable

Half-Time fee table

Mandatory Registration Fees CA Resident CA Non-Resident
UC System Fees    
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition   $2,517.00 
Student Services Fee $376.00 $376.00
Tuition (formerly Education Fee) $1,917.00 $1,917.00
UC San Diego Fees    
Graduate Student Association Fee $12.00 $12.00
University Center Fee $95.82 $95.82

Recreation Facility Fee

RIMAC Facility $90.00

Canyonview Facility $22.00

$112.00 $112.00
Health Insurance1 $1,191.00 $1,191.00
Student Transportation Fee  $52.24  $52.24
Document Fee (Fall Quarter, one-time, newly admitted students) $100.00 $100.00
2017-18 Quarterly Total $3,856.06 $6,373.06

1Health Insurance is required as a condition of enrollment. Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) however, students already covered by an insurance plan may qualify for a health fee waiver. Please see the Student Health Insurance Plan page for more information, including waiver criteria, submission process and deadline.

Change in status

  • If you exceed 6 units, you will be billed for any balance of fees due. You must pay these fees before the end of Week 2 to avoid cancellation of your enrollment.
  • Half-time status lapses if at any time you exceed 6 units. You must reapply to return to half-time status.
  • If you make any adjustments to your schedule Weeks 2 through 4, please check your student account. If you see that you have been incorrectly assessed full-time tuition, please contact the Registrar's Office.
  • Any adjustments made after Week 4 could result in assessment of full-time fees.  Courses dropped with a "W" grade are included in total enrolled units.