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Enrollment Status

To be eligible for the Federal Direct Loan Program, students must be full time or at least half-time in an eligible program. The same rule applies to private loans.

Full time at AGS is defined as at least 4 courses per semester, including the directed reading and thesis seminars. Thesis or Foreign Policy Paper project work (research, writing) are each counted as a one course-equivalent per semester in the second and third years, provided the student stays and incurs living expenses in France. Doctoral dissertation work is counted as  two course-equivalent per semester.

Here is a chart summarizing the student's status as it is reported for student loans :

First year

(or second or third year with no Thesis work)

Number of courses in semester

Status for student loans

5

Full time

4

3

At least half time

2

1

Less than half time

0

Second or third year with Thesis work

Number of courses in semester

Status for student loans

5 + 1 equivalent

Full time

4 + 1 equivalent

3 + 1 equivalent

2 + 1 equivalent

At least half time

1 + 1 equivalent

0 + 1 equivalent

Less than half time

Please note that the dual program with Université Paris Sud 11, LL.M. preparatory courses or French language courses at Alliance Française do not count as course equivalents for the purpose of a student's enrollment status since these institutions are not eligible for Federal Loans.

 


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School of International Relations

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