Regulations of the Commissioner of Education permits the inclusion of noncredit or remedial study in determining whether a student satisfies the requirements for full-time or part-time study.
As stated in the regulation, “. . . noncredit or remedial courses may . . . be considered as contributing toward full-time or part-time study on an hour-for-hour equivalent basis, if the student effort required is the same as would be required for a credit-bearing course in conformity with subdivision (o) of section 50.1 of this Title [defining a semester hour of credit], and if required or approved by the school, in a plan of study prefiled by the student with the school, as an integral part of the student’s program.”
The regulation also specifies limitations on remedial study: “Effective for academic terms beginning after January 1, 1978, a student carrying a full-time program that includes noncredit remedial courses shall carry at least six semester hours a semester, except that in the first semester of study, such a student need carry only three semester hours. Effective for academic terms beginning on or after July 1, 1984, a student carrying a part-time program that includes noncredit remedial courses shall carry at least three semester hours a semester. A combination of such credit and remedial work shall equal the minimum student effort requirement for full-time study or part-time study, respectively, in nonremedial programs.”
The reference in the regulation to the “first semester of study” means the student’s first semester of college-level study, not the first semester at a particular institution.
It should be noted that although the regulation permits a student to take up to half the minimum full-time or part-time course load in noncredit remedial study in each semester, at a certain point satisfactory academic progress credit accrual requirements will limit the number of noncredit remedial courses a student can include and still meet those credit accrual requirements.