For a student enrolled in a graduate school,
the student's grade level is based on the number
of actual credit units earned, and is assigned
according to the above table.
A student must earn a minimum of 6 credit
units to advance; no exceptions will be made.
Example: A student enrolled in
GSE completes two c.u.’s in Summer II
and another four in the Fall. The student
will be considered a second year student in
the spring and will be eligible for another
$20,500 in Direct Loan. If the same student
earns one c.u. in Summer II and four in the
Fall, the student will have only earned five
and thus would still be considered a first year
student in the Spring.
A dissertation student, paying dissertation fee only, is considered
full-time; grade level will be incremented by
one year after credit unit requirements are fulfilled.
Grade level adjustments will only be made for
exceptional circumstances, e.g., receipt of transfer credit,
master's thesis, etc.