Educational benefits enrollment calculations

The following information regarding GI Bill benefits applies to regular Fall and Spring semesters, Wintermester, and Summer Sessions. As you calculate your enrollment approximation, please keep in mind these calculation tables are only for reference and the VA will always make the final determination. Fall and spring semesters at the University of Nevada, Reno are typically 17 weeks long. The equivalent undergraduate enrollment for either fall or spring can be easily determined by using the first two columns from the table below.

The information on this page applies to Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607 benefit programs.

Undergraduate Semester Hours for Full-Time Enrollment
Semester Length (weeks) Minimum credits Maximum credits
15-19 12+ 12+
14 10 12+
13 9 12+
12 8 12+
11 8 12+
10 7 12+
9 6 12+
8 6 12+
7 5 12+
6 5 12+
5 4 12+
4 3 12+
3 2 12+
2 2 12+
1 1 12+

Undergraduate Semester Hours for 3/4 Enrollment
Semester Length (weeks) Minimum credits Maximum credits
15-19 9 11
14 7 9
13 7 8
12 6 7
11 6 7
10 5 6
9 5 5
8 4 5
7 4 4
6 3 3
5 3 3
4 2 2
3 N/A N/A
2 1 1
1 N/A N/A
Undergraduate Semester Hours for 1/2 Enrollment
Semester Length (weeks) Minimum credits Maximum credits
15-19 6 8
14 5 6
13 5 6
12 4 5
11 4 5
10 4 4
9 3 4
8 3 3
7 3 3
6 2 2
5 2 2
4 N/A N/A
3 1 1
2 N/A N/A
1 N/A N/A

Undergraduate Semester Hours for <1/2 Enrollment
Semester Length (weeks) Minimum credits Maximum credits
15-19 1 3
14 1 3
13 1 2
12 1 2
11 1 2
10 1 2
9 1 1
8 1 1
7 1 1
6 1 1
5 1 1
4 N/A N/A
3 N/A N/A
2 N/A N/A
1 N/A N/A
Undergraduate Semester Hours for 1/4 Enrollment
Semester Length (weeks) Minimum credits Maximum credits
15-19 1 3
14 1 3
13 1 2
12 1 2
11 1 2
10 1 2
9 1 1
8 1 1
7 1 1
6 1 1
5 1 1
4 N/A N/A
3 N/A N/A
2 N/A N/A
1 N/A N/A

Summer session enrollment equivalency

The VA pays education benefits for nonstandard undergraduate enrollment periods based on credit equivalents. The school will report the actual number of credits and the beginning and ending dates of the nonstandard term. When enrollment periods overlap, credit hour equivalents for the period of overlap are combined.

Length of summer terms

  • Mini-term: 3 weeks
  • First term: 5 weeks
  • Second term: 5 weeks

Using the formula below, you will be able to determine the undergraduate Summer enrollment equivalency for each of the Summer sessions.

Credit x 18 ÷ weeks = credit hour equivalent

Four semester credits earned in four weeks is the equivalent of 18 credits earned during a standard semester (4 x 18 ÷ 4 = 18) and will pay full-time for four weeks. When enrollment periods overlap, credit hour equivalents for the period of overlap are combined.

Example enrollment status calculations for summer session

Mini-term

Full-time: 3 credits x 18 regular semester weeks ÷ 3 summer term weeks = 18 credit hour equivalents

1st-term

Full-time: 4 credits x 18 regular semester weeks ÷ 5 summer term weeks = 14.4 credit hour equivalents
3/4 time: 3 credits x 18 regular semester weeks ÷ 5 summer term weeks = 10.8 credit hour equivalents

2nd-term

Full-time: 4 credits x 18 regular semester weeks ÷ 5 summer term weeks = 14.4 credit hour equivalents
3/4 time: 3 credits x 18 regular semester weeks ÷ 5 summer term weeks = 10.8 credit hour equivalents

Please remember that these calculation tables are for reference only. The VA will make the final calculation and determination.

Graduate student enrollment calculations

The VA does not establish any criteria for graduate students and leaves it up to the University to determine enrollment status. The University of Nevada, Reno has adopted and conforms to the U.S. Department of Education standards of enrollment for any type of federal financial aid.

Graduate Semester Hours for Full-Time Enrollment
Semester Length (weeks) Minimum credits Maximum credits
15-19 9+ 9+
10-14 8 9+
6-9 7 9+
4-5 3 9+
1-3 2 9+

Graduate Semester Hours for 3/4 Enrollment
Semester Length (weeks) Minimum credits Maximum credits
15-19 7 8
10-14 7 7
1-9 N/A N/A

Graduate Semester Hours for 1/2 Time Enrollment
Semester Length (weeks) Minimum credits Maximum credits
6-19 5 6
4-5 2 2
1-3 N/A N/A

Graduate Semester Hours for <1/2 Enrollment
Semester Length (weeks) Minimum credits Maximum credits
6-19 1 4
1-5 1 1