Minimum Course Load

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Minimum Course Load

The Regulations of the Commissioner of Education define full-time and part-time study for financial aid purposes.

Full-time study is defined in section 145-2.1(a) of the regulations as enrollment in credit-bearing courses applicable to the students' program of study, for at least 12 semester hours for a semester of not less than 15 weeks or 100 calendar days, inclusive of examination periods (or eight semester hours a quarter). The minimum full-time course load, then, is 12 semester hours.

If a student wishes to take courses that are not required for the student’s program, then the student must take those courses over and above the minimum 12 semester hour course load. This is important when determining whether the student has maintained good academic standing, as only courses that are applicable to the student’s program of study can be considered.