A student of higher education is enrolled in:
- a business, technical, trade, or vocational school that normally requires a high school diploma or the equivalent for enrollment in the course of study; or
- regular courses, including internet, mail, self-study, or correspondence courses, at an accredited college or university that offers degree programs.
A course is considered a regular course if it would count toward a degree or certificate. The student does not have to be in a degree or certificate program.
A college or university student is not a student of higher education if they are only enrolled in a special program, such as English as a second language, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, GED, or community education courses.
A person's student status begins on the first day of the school term, and continues through normal periods of class attendance, vacations, and recesses until the student:
- graduates; or
- is expelled or suspended; or
- drops out of school; or
- does not intend to register for the next term, excluding summer school.