Enrollment Requirements

There are some minimum enrollment requirements that you’ll need to meet in order to qualify for financial aid. These requirements are mostly based on your cost of attendance and student classification.

Cost of Attendance

During the fall and spring semesters, undergraduate students’ cost of attendance is based on full-time enrollment (12+ hours). Graduate students’ cost of attendance is based on part-time enrollment (4-8 hours). If your actual enrollment does not match your cost of attendance on your offer letter, you will need to submit an Enrollment Change Form for the applicable aid year or loans will not disburse.

Disbursement of Grants & Loans & Enrollment

The number of hours you enroll for a semester will have an impact on the disbursement of your financial aid.

Please view the specifics for enrollment requirements for participating in the Texas Grant and the Distinguished Presidential Scholarship. You can view our Types of Aid page for specific requirements for other funds.

Undergraduate Enrollment Requirements 

Semester Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time
Fall/ Spring 
Entire Summer 

Graduate/Doctoral Enrollment Requirements

Semester Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time
Fall/ Spring 
Entire Summer 


Enrollment Requirements for Grants

For fall and spring, grants are offered based on full-time enrollment (12+ hours for undergraduates and 9+ hours for graduates). A minimum half-time enrollment (6 hours for undergraduates and 4 hours for graduates in fall/spring) is required for disbursement of grants. Grants will disburse as follows based on enrollment:

Full-time: 100%

3/4 time: 75%

1/2 time: 50%

For questions regarding the disbursement of a specific grant, please email onestop@utsa.edu from your UTSA email address.

Enrollment Requirements for Stafford and PLUS Loans

In fall and spring, Stafford and PLUS (both Parent and Graduate) require a minimum half-time enrollment (6+ hours undergraduates, 4+ hours graduates) to be eligible. Your cost of attendance must match your actual attendance in order for your loans to disburse. Undergraduates are automatically set with a full-time (12+ hours) cost of attendance and graduates are automatically set with a part-time (4-8 hours) cost of attendance when offered. During the semester we review your account to determine if you registered for full time (undergraduate) or part-time (graduate). If at census you are registered less than what your cost of attendance is set for, then your account will be updated which could cause a change to your financial aid offer.

Undergraduates Graduating in the Fall

If you are an undergraduate graduating in the fall, we are required by federal regulation to prorate your Stafford loans to reflect the number of hours you are taking in the fall. If you are less than full-time (fewer than 12 hours) this could result in a decreased amount of Stafford loan eligibility. If you have questions regarding this, please email onestop@utsa.edu from your UTSA email address.

For information about enrollment requirements for other loans, please visit our Loans page.

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