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Student Course Load Policy

Policy Author:

Responsible Office – Department:

Effective Date of Policy:
August 23rd, 2021


Establish guidelines around addressing Student course loads

Scope and Applicability:

Students and Faculty

Policy Narrative:

Undergraduate Course Load

A full-time student will carry 12-18 credit hours each semester. Select degree programs require that 19+ credits are completed in one or more semesters. There is no additional tuition charge for these credits, provided that the student has followed the suggested course sequence referenced on the Program Plan as published by the Registrar’s office. Some programs require study in summer sessions, for which additional tuition charges are assessed. Students who are out of the regular course sequence as a result of transferring into a program, changing major, and/or deficient academic performance are subject to additional tuition charges for semester course loads exceeding 18 credit hours. Work in excess of the normal load may be undertaken only with special permission and at additional cost to the student. Except in unusual cases or unless required by the student’s program, the course load should not exceed nineteen semester hours. 

Graduate Course Load

A full-time course load is nine (9) credits per semester. In order to be considered for financial aid of any kind, a student must be registered for at least five credit hours per semester.

Policy Violations and Consequences:

Failure to comply with credit requirements may affect status as Full-Time student or Financial Aid status.

Students in excess of recommended course load may incur additional charges.

Updated on April 3, 2023

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