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Part-Time Study (Undergraduates)

Find out if you're eligible for part-time status. If you're an undergraduate approved for part-time status, you may be eligible for reduced fees.

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 20 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. International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status may apply in their final graduating term only.
  • Your college must grant approval for you to enroll as a part-time student.
  • International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status must be approved by the International Students & Programs Office, and may only be approved for Medical reason or Graduating senior status.

Application and approval

  • Complete the Part-Time Study Application (E-Form).
    • Application and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday 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 Friday of Week 2 of the quarter, and obtain approval.
    • If you've already paid full registration fees, contact Student Financial Solutions 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 & Scholarships Office regarding eligibility requirements.
  • Note: International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status may only be approved for Health or Final Quarter reasons. International students must receive additional authorization to drop below full time enrollment by submitting an International Student Reduced Course Load Request. The student will receive an updated I-20 or DS-2019 with the reduced course load approval. Contact the International Students & Programs Office with any questions regarding F-1 or J-1 status and reduced course load.

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

Part-time fee table (Undergraduates)
Mandatory Registration Fees Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Annual Total
Registration Fee Payment Deadline 9/25/2020 12/18/2020 3/19/2021
UC System Fees    
Student Services Fee $376.00 $376.00 $376.00 $1,128.00
Tuition (formerly Education Fee) $1,907.00 $1,907.00 $1,907.00 $5,721.00
UC San Diego Fees    
Campus Activity Fee $74.81 $74.81 $74.81 $224.43
University Center Fee $104.40 $104.40 $104.40 $313.20

RIMAC Recreation Facility Fee

$95.00 $95.00 $95.00 285.00
Canyonview Recreation Facility Fee $22.00 $22.00 $22.00 $66.00
ICA Student Activity Fee $310.26 $310.26 $310.26 $930.78
Health Insurance $692.00 $692.00 $692.00 $2,076.00
CAPS/Student Mental Health Fee $20.71 $20.71 $20.71 $62.13
Student Transportation Fee $65.55 $65.55 $65.55 $196.65
Document Fee (Fall quarter, one-time, newly admitted students) $165.00 -- -- $165.00
International Student Visa Administration Fee $100.00 -- -- $100.00
Total for California Residents
$3,932.73 $3,667.73 $3,667.73
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition $4,959.00 $4,959.00 $4,959.00 $14,877.00
Total for California Nonresidents $8,891.73 $8,626.73 $8,626.73 $26,145.19

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.

CAPS/Student Mental Health Fee: $20.71 per quarter, effective Fall 2020.

Additional Undergraduate College Fees: All new UC San Diego first-year students will be billed an average one-time Orientation fee of $181.00 and new transfers an average one-time Orientation fee of $120.00. Students in the following colleges are assessed an additional college activity fee per quarter; Muir, $17.00; Revelle, $9.00; Thurgood Marshall, $10.75; Warren, $9.05; Eleanor Roosevelt, $12.50; Sixth, $12.37; Seventh, TBD Fall 2021.

Non-California Residents: See Residence for Tuition Purposes.

Change in status

  • If you drop to 10 units or fewer after Friday 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.