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H. CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION POLICY FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

All graduate students at Colorado State University are required to be continuously enrolled in their degree programs. In the Department, all domestic and international students on a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) must enroll for 15 credits each semester, fall and spring. This total may consist of both structured and thesis/research credits. Tuition costs for students on a GRA are typically borne by the research project.

Prior to the final semester of a student's program, a student's adviser may petition the Department to reduce the student credit load.  Such petitions should be received at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester and will normally be approved for one semester only. Students (through their advisers) can request approval for registration at either the 1 cr or 5 cr level.  Students are encouraged to consult with their adviser and department staff about the advantages and disadvantages of choosing 1 credit vs. 5 credits.  In general, students who subscribe to CSU health insurance and are on a GRA appointment will likely find most benefit in registering for 5 credits, since this will allow them to retain eligibility for the health insurance contribution from the graduate school.  Students who have outside insurance coverage may prefer to opt for 1 credit due to greater savings in fees and tuition.

Enrollment requirements for part-time or non-resident students should be discussed with the Department and may include a special Continuous Registration (CR - CONRG-001) status in which a Continuous Registration Fee (CRF) of $150 is assessed rather than the regular tuition charge. In addition, reduced University fees will be assessed for on-campus students with CR status. Registration for CR status is accomplished in the same way as registration for courses. Section ID numbers appear in the class schedule under the CR prefix.

CSU Health Insurance when registering for CR - Continous Registration:

The three categories of graduate students eligible for the Continuous Registration status are as follows:

  1. Ph.D. students who have passed the preliminary exam and are not employed as a GRA in the Department may enroll as CR.

  2. Students who are intending to have all degree requirements completed in a specific semester and are no longer paid on a GRA assignment may sign up as CR in that semester only.

  3. Doctoral or master's students who interrupt their studies for a period of time. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE CONTINUOUSLY REGISTERED UNDER EITHER NORMAL REGISTRATION OR CR FOR EACH AND EVERY SEMESTER, EXCEPT FOR THE SUMMER TERM, DURING THEIR DEGREE PROGRAM.

Students who are paid on a GRA are not required to register during the summer session. Because students are not registered during the summer, they will lose library and gym privileges.

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