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The scoop on full and part-time status

Full and part-time status is based on the number of credits you complete each term. Students who take 12 or more credits in each of the fall and winter terms are considered full-time, whereas students who take less than 12 credits in each of those terms are considered part-time.

There are academic costs to studying full or part-time. The majority of undergraduate program planning guides and course sequences are based on full-time study, so studying part-time may affect your program’s course sequence. And, studying part-time will mean that it will take you longer to complete your degree requirements. You can always connect with an academic advisor if you have questions about the academic impact of studying full or part-time!

Time management is a key factor when deciding to study full or part-time. Full-time students devote more hours each week to in-class learning and outside-of-class study time. There are reasons why you may want to consider studying part-time, especially if you have work, family or extracurricular responsibilities. The Student Success Centre offers workshops, handouts, and learning specialist appointments for students who want to strengthen their time management skills.

Your status can also impact many areas related to your university studies. Below are some considerations that students should be aware of when considering studying full or part-time.

International students

International students who are studying at Concordia on a Canadian study permit and CAQ are required to study full-time to meet the conditions of their study permit.

If you are considering studying part-time due to academic or personal reasons, make sure you consult the International Students Office to discuss your options.

Financial aid & awards

Studying part-time can affect your financial aid. For example, students receiving Quebec loans and bursaries are expected to study full-time each term.

If you switch to part-time status mid-year or mid-term, there is a risk that your financial aid funding may be lost. However, if it is important academically for you to study part-time, you can discuss the impact of these changes on loans with the Financial Aid & Awards Office

Certain scholarships, bursaries and awards may also have full-time status as an eligibility requirement. However, there are some that consider both full and part-time students! Learn more about scholarships, bursaries and awards.

You can always contact the Financial Aid & Awards Office if you have questions about how your status may affect your financial aid or award eligibility.

OPUS cards

You must be studying full-time to qualify for a reduced fare OPUS photo-ID card.

Graduate school

If you are considering applying to graduate or medical school in the future, take some time to research the admission requirements – some schools may take full-time status into consideration for their admissions decisions.

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