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Calculating Registration Load

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Information for Undergraduate Students
Information for Graduate Students


Undergraduate Students

The following rules for calculating registration load apply to undergraduate students:

Fall and Spring Terms

Calculation of registration load for fall or spring term:

Full-time 36 or more units
Three-quarters time 27-35 units
Half-time 18-26 units
Less than half-time under 18 units

Note: when calculating tuition, full tuition is charged when you register for 32 units or more in a term, including units for Listener and ROTC subjects. This differs from registration load for which full-time is 36 units or more, not including units for Listener and ROTC subjects.

IAP (January Independent Activities Period)

Registration load is not tracked or reported for the January Term (IAP). When MIT provides student enrollment information, IAP is included in the dates for fall term and the fall term registration load is applied to IAP, whether or not the student registers for IAP.

For example: if you are registered for a full-time load in Fall Term 2011-12 you are considered full-time from 07-Sep-2011 to 03-Feb-2012 (from the first day of fall term classes to the last day of IAP), whether or not you register for IAP.

Summer Session

Undergraduates registered in the spring term who do not graduate or withdraw retain student status throughout the summer, whether or not they register for summer session.

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Graduate Students

Regular graduate students are considered full-time if charged full tuition.

Regular graduate students not charged full tuition, non-resident graduate students, and special graduate students have a registration status based on the following calculation.

Note: Units for Listener and ROTC subjects are not included in the calculation.

Fall and Spring Terms

Full-time

36 or more units

Three-quarters time

27-35 units

Half-time

18-26 units

Less than half-time

under 18 units

 

Summer Session

Full-time

24 or more units

Three-quarters time

18-23 units

Half-time

12-17 units

Less than half-time

under 12 units

 

IAP (January Independent Activities Period)

Registration load is not tracked or reported for the January Term (IAP). When MIT provides student enrollment information, IAP is included in the dates for fall term and the fall term registration load is applied to IAP, whether or not the student registers for IAP.

For example: if you are registered for a full-time load in Fall Term 2011-2012 you are considered full-time from 07-Sep-2011 to 03-Feb-2012 (from the first day of fall term classes to the last day of IAP), whether or not you register for IAP.

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