Student Disability Services reviews requests for a reduced course load as an academic accommodation for students with disabilities. Unlike part-time status, authorization for a reduced course load permits a student to register for a course load that is less than full-time, while still being considered a full-time student.

Students will only be billed for courses in which they are actually enrolled. Undergraduate students authorized for a reduced course load must be registered for a minimum of nine (9) hours and a maximum of eleven (11) hours; twelve hours is considered by the University to be a full-time course load. Graduate students authorized for a reduced course load must be registered for a minimum of six (6) hours and a maximum of eight (8) hours; nine hours is considered by the University to be a full-time course load. 

Reduced course load requests will be considered until the last day to add a course for each term (typically the end of the first week of each term); requests submitted past this deadline will be considered for the following full semester.

Application Process

Student Disability Services works through an interactive process with students seeking authorization for a reduced course load. The decision to grant this accommodation is based upon several factors: disability condition (severity and duration), history of accommodation, academic record, and non-academic commitments. 

  1. Register with Student Disability Services or make an appointment with your disability counselor. 
  2. Provide documentation of the disabling condition and specific rationale which supports the accommodation of a reduced course load.
  3. Complete the Reduced Course Load Request Form and Student Disability Services will contact you upon receipt. 
  4. SDS reviews the request, documentation, and other pertinent information and notifies the student of the decision.

Students that have been approved for the accommodation of a reduced course load need to understand that there are implications of this status.

  • Students are advised to meet with their Student Financial Services advisor to discuss their student account and financial assistance.
  • Students are advised to meet with their academic advisor to review academic progress.

If a student intends to register for a full-time course load in future semesters, the student must deactivate the accommodation of reduced course load by contacting Student Disability Services prior to registration.