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Maximum Credit Standard

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You’re expected to complete your degree requirements after attempting a certain number of credits. The maximum attempted credits allowed for degree or certificate completion will be up to 150% of the credits needed to complete that type of degree.

Regain Financial Aid Eligibility



First, you need to complete the current degree program and can regain eligibility if you continue in a more advanced degree program and are within the maximum credit limits of the advanced degree. Examples: Complete an associate’s degree and continue in a bachelor’s degree program; complete a bachelor’s degree and continue in a second bachelor’s or master’s degree.

When you complete your first bachelor’s degree and continues in a second bachelor’s program, the credit count will restart at 0 and new credit limits will apply. All additional credits you take as an undergraduate student will accrue cumulatively. Completion of a second/subsequent undergraduate degree will not restart the count to 0.

When you begin your first graduate program, the credit count will restart at 0. All credits taken as a graduate student will accrue cumulatively. The credit count will not restart at 0 once you complete a graduate program and continue to take graduate courses, whether for a second/subsequent master’s or doctorate.

Credits Attempted


Credits attempted are defined as all classes taken for credit including:

  • Challenge
  • ESL
  • CLEP
  • Test
  • Excluded credits
  • Reserved credits
  • Transfer credits accepted by Boise State

Repeated courses count as credits attempted during each term you are enrolled in the course. Audit and remedial credits are excluded from the total maximum credits attempted.

Please note that the maximum number of credits allowed will be based upon the credit limit for a single degree as described below, even when you are pursuing two or three majors, or multiple certifications.

Degree ProgramTotal Number of Attempted
Credits Allowed
Associate’s Degree90
Bachelor’s Degree 180
(also see credits EARNED
section below)
Second Bachelor’s Degree 45
Master’s Certificate Program *18 – 51
Master’s Degree *45 – 91
Doctorate Degree *99 - 108

*The maximum credit standard for all graduate degree and certificate programs are based upon the minimum program credit requirements as published in the Boise State Graduate Catalog.

Remaining Credit Evaluations


First bachelor’s degree students with 150 or more credits earned:

If you are enrolled in a first bachelor’s degree program and have earned 150 or more credits, including transfer, regular, challenge, ESL, and test credits, you are required to meet with an academic advisor to complete a Remaining Credits Evaluation form for review by the Financial Aid Office.

If the remaining credits needed to complete the first bachelor’s degree, plus the credits already attempted will cause you to exceed the 180 maximum allowable attempted credits, you’ll then be required to complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal for the maximum credit standard.

If the remaining credits needed to complete the first bachelor’s degree, plus the credits already attempted fall below the 180 maximum allowable attempted credits, your maximum credit standard will be adjusted to the new total based on the Remaining Credits Evaluation form. Onceyou reach the new maximum credit limit, aid eligibility will stop. Only submission and approval of a Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal for the maximum credit standard or graduation from the first bachelor’s degree program will allow for future financial aid eligibility.