Definition: You are a part-time undergraduate student if you're approved to enroll for 10 or fewer units per quarter.
Note: No special approval is required to study part-time during the summer.
Eligibility and enrollment
- You can be approved part-time status for reasons of:
- Employment: Verification of 30 or more hours per week of employment on letterhead from employer is required.
- Family responsibilities: Documentation of immediate family responsibilities is required.
- Medical: Verification from a doctor for serious or sustained illness or injury.
- Graduating senior status: May apply for only one of final three quarters of enrollment. Maximum of one quarter of part-time status will be approved for reason of graduating senior.
- Your college must grant approval for you to enroll as a part-time student.
Application and approval
- Complete the Part-Time Study Application (E-Form).
- Application and supporting documents must be submitted prior to the end of the 2nd week of classes the quarter you apply for part-time status.
- Approval for part-time study exempts students from the 36 unit-per-year minimum progress requirement.
- Approval for part-time study is granted for one of the following:
- One full academic year, fall through spring quarters
- Winter through spring quarters
- Spring quarter only
- Undergraduate students must reapply for approval each fall quarter.
- Approval is not automatic, and should not be assumed.
- Application deadline:
- You must apply for part-time study by the end of Week 2 of the quarter, and obtain approval.
- If you've already paid full registration fees, contact Student Business Services to request a refund.
- 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 receiving financial assistance, be sure to contact the Financial Aid Office regarding eligibility requirements.
- Note: If you're an international student, your Part-Time Study application will be routed to the International Center and must be approved by the International Center in addition to your college. International students are eligible for part-time study for medical and graduating senior reasons only. Questions: (858)-534-3730 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reduced fees and billing
If you have been approved for part-time study and are enrolled in 10 or fewer units at the end of the second week of classes, you are eligible for a reduction of:
- One-half of tuition (formerly Education Fee)
- One-half of nonresident supplemental tuition, if applicable
Part-Time fee table
|Mandatory Registration Fees||CA Resident||CA Non-Resident|
|UC System Fees|
|Nonresident Supplemental Tuition||$4, 447.00|
|Student Services Fee||$358.00||$358.00|
|Tuition (formerly Education Fee)||$1,870.00||$1,870.00|
|UC San Diego Fees|
|Campus Activity Fee||$67.25||$67.25|
|University Center Fee||$93.12||$93.12|
Recreation Facility Fee
RIMAC Facility $85.00
Canyonview Facility $22.00
|ICA Student Activity Fee||$131.45||$131.45|
|Student Transportation Fee||$51.47||$51.47|
|Document Fee (Fall Quarter, one-time, newly admitted students)||$165.00||$165.00|
|2016-17 Quarterly Total||$3,514.29||$7,961.29|
Students in the following colleges are assessed an additional college activity fee. Muir, 11.00; Revelle, 9.00; Thurgood Marshall, 6.00; Warren, 8.14; Eleanor Roosevelt, 10.00; Sixth, 11.12
*Health 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 drop to 10 units or fewer after the end of Week 2 of classes, you won't receive a fee reduction.
- If you receive a reduction in fees and you increase the number of units you're taking to 10.5 or more anytime in the quarter, you will be billed for the difference for full-time fees.
- 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.