Graduate Student [Education] Law and Legal Definition

According to 34 CFR 648.9 (b) [Title 34 – Education; Subtitle B -- Regulations of the Offices of the Department of Education; Chapter VI -- Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education; Part 648 -- Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need; Subpart A – General], the term graduate student means “an individual enrolled in a program of post-baccalaureate study at an institution of higher education.”

According to 34 CFR 668.2 (b) [Title 34 – Education; Subtitle B -- Regulations of the Offices of the Department of Education; Chapter VI -- Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education; Part 668 -- Student Assistance General Provisions; Subpart A – General], the term graduate or professional student is “a student who--

(1) Is not receiving title IV aid as an undergraduate student for the same period of enrollment;

(2) Is enrolled in a program or course above the baccalaureate level or is enrolled in a program leading to a professional degree; and

(3) Has completed the equivalent of at least three years of full-time study either prior to entrance into the program or as part of the program itself.”

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1082 and 1088)