Enrollment Verification

University Enrollment Definition

Thomas Edison State University’s Enrolled Student policy is to be used when verifying student enrollment status for employers, career services and similar inquirers. Thomas Edison State University considers students enrolled when they pay the Comprehensive Tuition Plan or course tuition as part of the Per Credit Tuition Plan. A student’s enrollment date is defined as the date the University receives the Comprehensive Tuition or the 10th day of a term in which the student enrolls under the Per Credit Tuition Plan. This fee or tuition covers a period of one year of service. Students who are enrolled with the University under these plans may choose to complete their degree requirements at TESU or by assessment or transfer credits or through a combination of both methods. Even if students are not taking courses at TESU, they are considered enrolled in the University if they meet the criteria listed above. This enrollment definition is not to be used for purposes of Federal Title IV program administration.

Requests for University enrollment verifications for non-Federal Title IV program administration purposes should be directed to:

Thomas Edison State University
Office of the Registrar
111 W State Street
Trenton NJ 08608
FAX: 609-777-0477
registrar@tesu.edu

 

Enrollment Reporting to the National Student Clearinghouse

Thomas Edison State University reports student enrollment to the National Student Clearinghouse for purposes of Federal Title IV program administration. For Federal Title IV program purposes only, the University reports enrollment status of full-time, part-time, or less than half-time to the National Student Clearinghouse using the prescribed definition based on the number of TESU Online or Guided Study credits being taken at any given time. This definition should be used for the inquirers needing enrollment status for Title IV program purposes only, such as student loan deferment. These enrollment verifications and deferment requests are to be directed to the Clearinghouse.

To be eligible for loan deferment, students must be enrolled in at least 6 UG credits or 5 GR credits (half time) per term taking Thomas Edison State University Guided Study and/or online courses. All courses must be approved by an academic advisor and applied to the degree program being pursued to qualify for a deferment. Enrollment in online and Guided Study courses are reported to the National Student Clearinghouse 15-20 days after the start of the term. Registration or enrollment in TECEP® examinations, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and e-Pack® courses are not reported to the National Student Clearinghouse nor do they qualify a student for loan deferment.

Undergraduate programs (Bachelor’s, Associate’s and Undergraduate Certificate programs)(Online and Guided Study courses only per term)

  • 12 credits = Full time status
  • 9 credits = Quarter time status
  • 6 credits = Half time status
  • 5 credits and below = Less than half time status

Graduate programs (Online courses only)

  •     6 credits = Full time status
  •     5.5 credits = Quarter time status
  •     5 credits = Half time status
  •     4 credits and below = Less than half time status

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Frequently Asked Questions about Enrollment for Federal Title IV Programs

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Am I eligible to have my student loans deferred while I am a student at Thomas Edison State University?

To be eligible for loan deferment, students must be enrolled in at least 6 UG credits or 5 GR credits (half time) per term taking Thomas Edison State University Guided Study and/or online courses. For Federal Title IV program purposes only, the University reports enrollment status of full-time, part-time, or less than half-time to the National Student Clearinghouse using the prescribed definition based on the number of TESU Online or Guided Study credits being taken at any given time. This information is reported automatically 15-20 days after the term start date. 

Please note: TECEP® examinations, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and e-Pack® course enrollments are not reported to the National Student Clearinghouse as they do not make you eligible for student loan deferral.  

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I received a course extension on my Online or Guided Study course from the University. Is my loan eligible for deferment for that additional eight weeks?

No, course extensions do not continue a student’s eligibility for loan deferment. Students are not eligible for student loan deferments after the original term ending date even if the student has been approved for an extension on the course. Course extensions are much like incomplete grades at other schools in that they provide the student with additional time to complete course requirements. 

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My lender has asked for a deferment form to be completed. Where should I send it?

All student loan deferment requests and enrollment verifications for Federal Title IV program purposes should be referred to the National Student Clearinghouse once the term in which you are enrolled has reached the 20th day. Please do not send the form to the University. 

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What if the National Student Clearinghouse reports that “no enrollment information is available”?

Students for whom the National Student Clearinghouse report “no enrollment information is available” are either not enrolled at Thomas Edison State University or may be enrolled at the University for courses in which the methods of earning credit do not entitle the student to loan deferment, such as TECEP® examinations, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and e-Pack® courses. In these cases, neither the University nor the National Student Clearinghouse is able to complete deferment verification forms since these methods of earning credit do not entitle the student to loan deferment. 

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