For Fall and Spring 16 week classes:

  • 12 credit hours is considered full time.
  • 9 credit hours is considered ¾ time.
  • 6 credit hours is considered ½ time
  • 3 credit hours is considered ¼ time.

For Block and Summer 8 week classes:

  • 6 hours is considered full time.
  • 3 hours is considered half time.

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33)

Post 9/11 follows the same credit hours in determining full time, ¾ time, ½ time and ¼ time. However, if the student is enrolled in the Fall or Spring semester and is enrolled in only 6 or less hours, the student WILL NOT receive a monthly stipend. The student MUST be enrolled in 6.1 hours or more to receive a monthly stipend during 16 week courses. Their tuition and fees will be covered according to their percentage of eligibility regardless of their credit hours.

*If a veteran is graduating and has less than 12 hours to take for their degree, the student can take classes outside of their major. However, the student needs to let the Veteran’s Resource Office know immediately. Our office will have to put the student in for the “round up program” and they will have to apply for graduation. This is a one-time option.

Clock Hours:

Example: PNE 205 is two credit hours but currently meets 7AM-3:30PM.
This is reported as clock hours through VA-Once. SCO reports this as 8.5 clock hours.

There are two types of clock-hour measurement:

  1. Courses where full time is 18 clock hours. These are courses where theory and class instruction predominate.
  2. Courses where full time is 22 clock hours. These are courses where shop practice is an integral part of the course.

Measurement--CL-1 (Classroom Predominates) 

Full time

18 clock hours per week

3/4 time

13 through 17 clock hours per week

1/2 time

9 through 12 clock hours per week

Less than 1/2 time, more than 1/4 time

5 through 8 clock hours per week

1/4 time or less

1 through 4 clock hours per week

Measurement--CL-2 (Shop Practice is Integral Part of Program)

Full time

22 clock hours per week

3/4 time

16 through 21 clock hours per week

1/2 time

11 through 15 clock hours per week

Less than 1/2 time, more than 1/4 time

6 through 10 clock hours per week

1/4 time or less

1 through 5 clock hours per week