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A person becomes an MIT student at the start of the term for which he or she is admitted or readmitted. Regular student status is retained until graduation, unless the student withdraws or is disqualified.
For the fall and spring terms, undergraduate and graduate students must complete the three steps listed below in order to continue student status during that term:
Students who do not complete these steps by the published deadlines are subject to fines. Failure to pay charges and complete registration by the end of the second week of the term will result in the loss of student status. People on campus who are not registered during a term are not considered students and have no student privileges.
Undergraduate and graduate students registered in the spring term who do not graduate or withdraw from MIT retain their student status through the following summer, whether or not they register for the summer session; they cease being students if they do not register in the fall (although the rules for student status with regard to loan repayment are somewhat different). Graduate students making progress toward a degree during the summer must register for the summer session in accordance with Graduate Policies and Procedures.
Students do not have to register for the January independent activities period to retain student status between fall and spring terms.