B. General Definitions
A full-time undergraduate (UG) student must be enrolled in twelve (12) or more credits/billable equivalent* credits per semester.
A full-time graduate (GR) student generally must be enrolled in twelve (12) or more credits/billable equivalent* credits per semester. Some courses of study allow students full-time status when enrolled in less than 12 credits. In these cases students are billed based upon the number of enrolled credits.
A part-time student is billed at the rate per credit hour appropriate to the student’s residency and institutional attendance. A part-time student shall not pay more than the full-time tuition for the same residency and degree status unless the tuition is assessed: 1) for a summer session, or 2) to an UG non-degree students and non-resident. These students are billed on a per credit basis, with the exception of Law School non-residents who are assessed a full-time tuition rate per semester.
A semester is defined as the regular fall or spring term of study of 15 or more weeks, unless at a 12-6 school (see below).
A session is defined as any period in which courses are given for less than the traditional 15-week period, such as summer or winter sessions, unless at a 12-6 school (see below). Sessions are billed on a per credit basis. Courses that meet for less than the 15-week period must be adjusted proportionately to ensure the requisite number of credit hours for awarding degree credit. There is no flat rate for session students, summer session, or non-degree students.
Excess Hours are contact hours (class hours) in excess of credit hours. Graduate students taking classes that have more contact hours than credit hours pay an excess contact hour charge. For example if a 3-credit class meets 5 hours a week, a NY State resident student pays $65 per excess contact hour ($130 for 2 extra hours) and a non-NY State resident pays $85 per excess contact hour ($170 for 2 extra hours).
Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, and Guttman Community College operate under slightly different schedules with twelve week semesters and six-week sessions. See the “Refunds” section to view differing refund dates for 12-6 schools.
Remedial, Developmental, and Compensatory Offerings
The number of equated credits for a course is determined by each college’s academic governing body and approved by the University’s Board of Trustees. Equated credits generate billable FTEs (full-time equivalent) eligible for financial aid. A “billable equivalent credit” (also known as an equated credit) may be assigned to “Remedial,” “Compensatory,” or “Developmental” courses.
The academic level and calculation of equated credits for tuition and financial aid load of courses containing remedial/ developmental/ compensatory elements are defined as follows:
Regular courses are those for which all hours are either UG or GR level with credits applicable towards the degree.
All remedial contact hours are non-credit, below college level and designed to serve the needs of students who have not demonstrated skills proficiency on a CUNY administered assessment test. The placement of students in such courses is made pursuant to the CUNY assessment testing program required of all entering students. Remedial courses are accounted for on a standard one-for-one basis when equating contact hours to credit hours. Equated credits account for tuition and financial aid to enrolled students.
- For example, a remedial course, which meets 3 hours per week for a 15-week semester, generates zero degree credits, 3 equated credits, and 3 contact hours. In this example the student is assessed tuition for 3 credits (based upon equated credits).
Developmental courses are non-remedial, degree-credit-bearing courses, which include additional developmental hours. Academic credit shall only be given to the extent that college level material is integrated into the developmental course. Excess hours in developmental courses can be counted as equated credits. Equated credits account for tuition and financial aid to enrolled students.
- For example, a developmental course, which meets 6 hours per week for a 15-week semester, of which 3 hours per week is developmental, generates 3 degree credits, 6 equated credits, and 6 contact hours. In this example the student is assessed tuition for 6 credits (based upon contact hours).
Compensatory courses are non-remedial, non-developmental degree-credit-bearing courses which have additional compensatory hours attached that may include, but need not be limited to, workshops, seminars, tutorial, and study labs, among other pedagogic approaches. Academic credit shall be given only to the extent that college level material is integrated into the course. A course awarding degree credit may include, as a required element of enrollment in that course, one or more hours of compensatory non-credit work for students who have demonstrated minimal skills proficiency on a CUNY administered assessment test. Excess hours in compensatory courses are not counted as equated credits and are not calculated in tuition and financial aid or academic load.
* Note: In “Regular” credit-bearing courses, the billable equivalent credits are those credits assigned to the course by the college’s academic governing body, and approved by the University’s Board of Trustees. They appear on the University’s “Show Registration” enrollment report.
In “Remedial,” Compensatory,” and “Developmental” courses, billable equivalent credits are the number of equated credits attributable to these courses, regardless of the number of degree credits assigned to these courses.
In each instance, the number of equated credits for each course is determined by each college’s academic governing body, approved by the University’s Board of Trustees, and appears on the University’s “Show Registration” enrollment report.