Summer Enrollments

Understanding Summer (Non-Standard & Accelerated) Enrollments & The Calculation of Training Times

Introduction

For veterans' and certain veterans' dependents educational assistance benefits purposes the Summer Semester is a non-standard accelerated term. As such, a student's training time is not determined by the total number of hours certified for the term as in the Fall and Spring semesters and training times depend upon the number of hours certified and the session(s) in which the course(s) is offered. Depending upon the complexity of the enrollment, training times may change several times during the Summer Semester.

The Sessions

The majority of courses are offered during Sessions I and II. A minimum of four semester hours in each primary term (Sessions I and II) is equivalent to full-time. Therefore, in order to maintain a full-time training status for the Summer Semester, then a student must enroll in at least four certifiable semester hours during each of the primary terms. A more complicated enrollment with course(s) overlapping different sessions may not be as clear.

Every course and corresponding course number are listed in the Summer Schedule of Classes under the session in which it is offered. The six sessions are and relate to each each other as follows:

Primary Term Primary Term
Pre-Summer Summer I Summer II
/-- Pre-Summer & Summer I --/
/----- Dual Session -----/
<----------- Complete Session ----------->

The Summer Semester

Using the Course Section Number to Identify the Session

Every course number has a three-digit section number suffix wherein the last two digits identify the session(s) in which the course is offered.

Session Name
Course Section Numbers
Course Length (Weeks)
Inclusive Session(s)
Pre-Summer
X01 - X09
Three (3)
Pre-Summer
Pre-Summer + Session I
X70 - X79
Eight (8)
Pre-Summer + Session I
Complete Session
X80 - X89
Thirteen (13)
Pre-Summer + Sessions I & II
Session I
X10 - X49
Five (5)
Session I
Dual Session
X90 - X99
Ten (10)
Sessions I & II
Session II
X50 - X69
Five (5)
Session II

Example: MATH 1000-010 is offered during Session I.
"MATH" = Course
"1000" = Course Number
"010" = Section Number

The last two digits in the section number suffix are "10".
From the table above "10" indicates the course is offered during Session I.


Calculation of Training Time

The following chart will aid in determining the semester hour equivalency training times:

Semester Hour Equivalency Table
for Non-Standard Semesters

Semester Hour(s)
Term Length
(Weeks)
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
14
12.9
11.6
10.3
9.0
7.7
6.4
5.1
3.9
2.6
1.3
13
  
12.5
11.0
9.7
8.3
6.9
5.5
4.2
2.8
1.4
12
  
12.0 
10.5
9.0
7.5
6.0
4.5
3.0
1.5
11
     
13.1
11.5
9.8
8.2
6.5
4.9
3.3
1.6
10
  
     
12.6
10.8
9.0
7.2
5.4
3.6
1.8
9
           
12.0
10.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
2.0
8
           
13.5
11.2
9.0
6.7
4.5
2.3
7
              
12.9
10.3
7.7
5.1
2.6
6
  
              
12.0
9.0
6.0
3.0
5
  
     
  
  
  
14.4
10.8
7.2
 3.6 
4
                    
13.5
9.0
4.5
3
                       
12.0
6.0

(The above table is color coded to undergraduate hours only)


Training Times

Full-Time
Three-Quarter
Time
Half-Time
Less Than
Half-Time
Undergraduate Hours 12 or more* 9-11* 6-8* Less than 6*
Graduate Hours 9 or more* 6-8* 3-5* Less than 3*

*Certifiable; graduate students enrolled in essential undergraduate courses will be reported (and paid) as taking undergraduate courses and as such undergraduate training times apply

Example Calculation of Training Times

A student is enrolled in the following classes:

Session I
3 Semester Hours
Session II
3 Semester Hours
Dual Session
2 Semester Hours

The Session I and II terms are each five weeks long. Using the chart, semester three hours of enrollment across five weeks has a semester hour equivalency of 10.8. The Dual Session enrollment constitutes 3.6 semester hours. Therefore, in this example, the overall training time is 14.4 semester hours which equivalent to full-time since it is more than the 12 hours required for full time. This example assumes that all 8 summer semester hours are certifiable hours.

As a general rule, treat each session separately and combine training times to arrive at the training times during the summer semester.

While it may appear that a student does not have to take as many hours to maintain a certain training time, remember the courses are accelerated and a student will have the same number of contact hours as in a standard semester.