Reduced Credit Load

Full-time Requirements and Exceptions

The School of Arts and Sciences is a full-time institution.  All students are required to enroll in at least 12 credits per semester to maintain full-time status, and are expected to enroll in 15 credits per semester in order to graduate in four years.

Students Eligible to Apply for a Reduced Credit Load

Students Exempted from the Full-time Requirement


Cautions for Students Considering Reduced Credit Loads

Students registered for fewer than 12 credits are considered part-time students under University regulations and federal law. Hence, the decision to register for fewer than 12 credits can affect visa status and eligibility for important University services such as financial aid, health insurance, campus housing, scholarships, etc.  Students are urged to consult the appropriate University offices for information before applying for a reduced credit load.  Please see the specific cautions below:

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