Full-time - Student Loan definition
Provides the definition of full-time for a Student Loan.
The Tertiary Education Commission assigns an EFTS (equivalent full-time student) value to each course to determine if it meets the full-time status criteria for Student Loans. See the chart below.
|Number of weeks (gross weeks)||EFTS||Number of weeks (gross weeks)||EFTS|
|22||0.55||53 or more||1.0|
The study status of your course determines what components of the Student Loan you can access.
|Study status||Fees||Course-related costs||Living costs|
|Full-time, Full year (i.e. studying both 1st and 2nd semester)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Full-time, Part year (i.e. studying either 1st or 2nd semester)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Part-time Full year||Yes||No||No|
Part-time Part year
Note: a minimum value of 0.25 EFTS is required.
Note: if the length of your course does not meet the required EFTS value to be full-time, StudyLink will check to see if there is any part or segment of your course which may still qualify as full-time.
Your course is 32 weeks long, so you would need to have 0.8 EFTS to be full-time. Your first semester EFTS value is 0.4, but your second semester is only 0.3. StudyLink will determine that you are full-time for the first semester but not for the second semester.