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Is there any advantage to "Full Time"?

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by Trenia Trenia (Member) Member

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This may be difficult for me to explain, but I'll do my best. According to my registration guide, the first semester of nursing classes consists of eight classes (Four lecture/theory, Three Nursing Labs, and One elective) for a total of fourteen credits. I already have the electives I need to graduate from changing my major. However, if I were not to take an elective it would bring my credit total down to eleven (not full time).

Here's my question. If I were to take the seven nursing classes for eleven credits would that disadvantage me in anyway? The two scholarships I'm on state I need twenty four hours for every year, and the next semester is thirteen hours. I just don't don't know if there are any other penalties for being part time instead of full time. I would rather have less of a load since it is my first semester, but if it does make a difference I'll have to take a one credit class, like yoga or pilates lol.

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This may be difficult for me to explain, but I'll do my best. According to my registration guide, the first semester of nursing classes consists of eight classes (Four lecture/theory, Three Nursing Labs, and One elective) for a total of fourteen credits. I already have the electives I need to graduate from changing my major. However, if I were not to take an elective it would bring my credit total down to eleven (not full time).

Here's my question. If I were to take the seven nursing classes for eleven credits would that disadvantage me in anyway? The two scholarships I'm on state I need twenty four hours for every year, and the next semester is thirteen hours. I just don't don't know if there are any other penalties for being part time instead of full time. I would rather have less of a load since it is my first semester, but if it does make a difference I'll have to take a one credit class, like yoga or pilates lol.

Do you get any other financial aid? Pell Grant, etc? You'll often get a decreased amount if you're not carrying 12 credits.

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The only things I can think that full-time status would impact would be federal financial aid and possibly qualification for student insurance or student housing.

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Do you get any other financial aid? Pell Grant, etc? You'll often get a decreased amount if you're not carrying 12 credits.

No, the scholarships I'm on pay for school and housing. Both of them seem to claim that I only need twenty four hours for the year.

I'm going to try and get in touch with them tomorrow to clarify. In the mean time, I'll just register for a 1 credit class I guess.

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You only need 6 credits per semester to qualify for financial aid. I can think of more advantages to going part time! I can't imagine doing a full load with the intense nursing core courses and the sciences. Yikes! I did my pre-reqs first and then did the core courses "full time," usually about 9 or 10 credits a semester for the 4 semesters.

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