The State Education Department (SED) regulations require students who receive State awards to complete a minimum number of semester hours or credits each semester as follows:
- In the first year of State awards, the student must complete a minimum of 50% of a full-time load in each term. 12 s.h. is a full- time load, and to remain eligible, 6 s.h. must be completed with grades other than Withdrawal or resignation.
- In the second year of State awards, the student must complete a minimum of 75% of a full-time load each term (9 s.h. of a 12 s.h. load).
- In the third and fourth years of State awards, the student must complete 100% of a full-time load each term. Transfer students who have received State awards for four previous semesters must complete at least 12 s.h. each semester at SUNY Oneonta.
Failure to complete the minimum number of hours or credits in a given term renders the student ineligible for State financial aid in the following term, or until additional hours are completed to reach the minimum level.