For financial aid purposes, full-time attendance is generally used interchangeably with full-time study. Section 661(4) of Education Law stipulates that, to be eligible for State awards, students “must be in full-time attendance, as defined by the commissioner, except as specifically provided in article fourteen . . .”
In section 145-2.1 of the Regulations, the Commissioner defines full-time and part-time study.
Institutions are not required to take attendance for financial aid determinations; that is a decision at the institution’s discretion. However, certification officers must have documentation of the student’s enrollment and completion of courses making up the minimum full-time or part-time course load.