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Part-time Degree Status


Update for Juniors/Seniors wanting to go part-time in Spring 2021

For Spring 2021, we are continuing the limited part-time study program for junior and senior undergraduates. As with our existing part-time study policy (which has historically been offered only to students in their last semester of enrollment), any junior or senior student weighing part-time study must consult with and receive approval from an academic dean. Approval is granted based on your ability to graduate within 8 semesters. Part-time enrollment applies only to students enrolled in 1cc-2.5 cc at Duke. Concurrent enrollment at another university is not possible. If you are taking 2.5 or less units at Duke, you will not be able to use additional units taken at another institution this fall toward your degree completion.


To qualify for part-time status for the Spring 2021 semester, students must make the request by 5:00 p.m. on January 19, 2021.


If you are:

  • on financial aid
  • a varsity athlete 
  • on an F-1 Visa
  • studying via Duke in DKU

please read the notes below carefully.

Financial aid

Part-time students are eligible for federal and/or institutional aid. Book allowance will be reduced by half, while housing, meals, and other budget items will remain the same as for full-time status. Note: Students living at home and taking 2 or more credits will have their baseline aid adjusted to reflect their lower living costs. More information about financial aid for domestic students living at home, on-campus, and paying rent off campus is available here. Note that international students living abroad cannot receive aid above the costs for tuition and fees due to legal constraints. Students taking fewer than 2 credits are ineligible for financial aid, either federal or institutional, with exceptions for some Pell-eligible students who may receive a small Pell grant only. The part-time semester will count as one of a student’s 8 semesters of total aid eligibility.

Varsity athletes

Student-athletes interested in pursuing part-time status must receive permission from Heather Ryan ( or Todd Mesibov ( to ensure they continue to meet NCAA requirements for athletic participation.

International students on F-1 visas

F-1 regulations require that international students be enrolled full-time each semester except the final semester before graduation. There are some interim changes in place for Fall 2020 that allow students to study part-time if Duke has made COVID-19 related adjustments to course offerings that prevent students from taking a full course load –including when students need to take classes remotely and/or when their required courses are not offered online. If students believe they meet one or both of these criteria, they must request written confirmation from their academic dean or academic advisor.

If that person agrees, the student must contact Samantha Franklin, Duke Visa Services Advisor, for further input and guidance ( Please note that international students enrolling part-time this semester will not automatically be eligible for a program extension if they cannot complete their degrees in Spring 2021. This decision may also impact when a student will be able to file for Optional Practical Training.  Students should contact Visa Services for additional guidance and information.

Duke-In DKU students

Part-time status is unavailable for students who are in Study Away status (Study Away at Home or at DKU, for example).  For questions about whether this applies, students should contact the Global Education Office (

To qualify for part-time status for the Spring 2021 semester, students must make the request by 5:00 p.m. on January 19, 2021.


Part-Time Enrollment Form


Above Last updated: December 30, 2020


Graduating seniors who need fewer than 3.0 course credits to graduate may request permission to study on a part-time basis in their last semester of enrollment.  To do so, present your request to your academic dean as soon as you know that you want to be enrolled part-time but no later than the last day of classes in the term that immediately precedes your final term of enrollment at Duke.

As a part-time student, you may enroll in no less than one (1.0), and no more than two-and-a-half (2.5) course credits. 

Note:  as a part-time student you may be denied University housing, and there could be financial aid implications.  Discuss your eligibility for housing with Residence Life Housing Services and the financial aid implications with your financial aid officer.  To discuss your eligibility for part-time status, confer with your academic dean. 



To apply for part-time status in your last semester at Duke, contact your academic dean for a form and submit the form no later than the last day of classes in the term that immediately precedes your final term of enrollment at Duke.


Last updated: May 5, 2020