Reduced Registration

How to Qualify for Reduced Registration

Reduced registration will benefit students in the following categories who need to be considered full-time students:

  • International students
  • Students on RA/TA contracts, hourly contracts or fellowships
  • Students on financial aid or wishing to defer financial aid payments

Students enrolled in thesis-based degree programs who have completed a minimum number of courses and research credit hours in their degree programs are eligible to continue to pursue their graduate program as full-time students at a reduced registration level.

To be considered for this reduced, full-time registration category, complete the following steps:

For MS students

    1. Completion of 30 credits of eligible course, research and transfer credits combined (36, if Master’s degree requires 36 credits), and
    2. Paid for 24 credits (27, if Master’s degree requires 36 credits).
      1. 1-9 credits per semester count as paid credits; 10-15 credits do not count as paid credits.
    3. Submit Degree Audit form (student’s approved Committee form must already be on file with OGS). Indicate on the Degree Audit form that you want to be on Reduced Registration by:
      • May 1 for fall semester reduced registration
      • Last day of priority registration (see Academic Calendar) for spring semester reduced registration

For PhD students

    1. Completion of 72 credits of eligible course, research and transfer credits combined, and
    2. Paid for 54 credits.
      1. 1-9 credits per semester count as paid credits; 10-15 credits do not count as paid credits.
    3. Submit Degree Audit form student’s approved Committee form must already be on file with OGS). Indicate on the Degree Audit form that you want to be on Reduced Registration by:
      • May 1 for fall semester reduced registration
      • Last day of priority registration (see Academic Calendar) for spring semester reduced registration
    4. Submit Admission to Candidacy form by the first day of classes in the semester for which the student wishes to be on Reduced Registration.

Note

  • Students on reduced registration do not get reduced tuition
  • Students on reduced registration pay for the number of credits registered

 

Reduced Registration Credit Calculator

Once a student qualifies for Reduced Registration, the student will be notified. Then students must register correctly following steps below. Students who qualify for Reduced Registration, but fail to register correctly will not be put on Reduced Registration.

How to Register Once You Qualify for Reduced Registration

To be put on reduced registration, students must

Register for either:

  • 4 credits of research (707)  – OR –
  • 3.5 credit of research (707) + .5 credit of MTGN 501 (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering major only) – OR –
  • 3 credits of research (707) + 1 credit of any of the following:
    • CBEN 605 (Chemical & Biological Engineering major only)
    • CHGN 560 OR 660 (Chemistry major only)
    • GPGN 581 or 681 (Geophysics major only)
    • MTGN 501(Metallurgical and Materials Engineering major only)
    • NUGN 505 (Nuclear Engineering major only)
    • PHGN 501, 502, 601 OR 602  (Physics major only)
    • MNGN 625 (Mining Engineering major in their final semester)

Students on reduced registration may register for more than 4 credits, but must still meet the requirement above. Students on reduced registration will pay for the number of credits registered. Note that mandatory fees associated with full-time status will be due, because students in Reduced Registration status are considered full-time students.

  • If a student registers for 4 credits of research + 3 credits of coursework, the student will be charged for 7 credits. Students on contract who have their tuition paid by the department and decide to take more than the required 4 credits for reduced registration status need to make sure that the department is willing to pay for the extra credits. If not, the student will be personally responsible for paying the extra tuition.  (3 credits in the example above.)
  • Students who register for 9 or more credits are considered full-time student and therefore are not in reduced registration status.

Please note: At the end of every year, students receive a 1099T for taxes. Although reduced registration makes you look like you are a full-time student, for tax purposes, your 1099T will indicate that you are a part-time student.

 

Reduced Registration Calculator

Contact

Alderson Hall, Suite 451
Golden, CO 80401

grad.services@mines.edu

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