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Underload FAQs

for Undergraduate Students

What is an underload?

An underload means a student is taking fewer than 12 credit hours during any academic semester (not FlexTrack). 9 hours is generally the minimum underload given.

Who qualifies?
  • Students who have completed at least 8 full-time regular college semesters and the semester in question is the graduation semester
  • Students who have a medical condition that specifically interferes with their ability to succeed academically in specific classes (see CAS Petition for Exception instructions)
  • Students with a personal hardship that is of such an extraordinary nature that the underload becomes a necessity
How does a graduating senior get an underload?
  • Students must request approval from the Committee on Academic Status through the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • Requests for an underload should be submitted through the Office of the Dean of Students within a period of five days before the first day of registration for the semester in question.
  • They will be accepted no later than two days before the end of the Add/Drop period.
How does being granted an underload change my bill?
  • If the underload is granted prior to the end of the Add/Drop period, the student will receive a reduction in tuition directly proportional to the reduced load; no tuition refunds are granted after the Add/Drop period ends.
  • There will not be a reduction in cost to the standard student fee that supports facilities and services.
What are the penalties of an unapproved underload?
  • Students carrying unauthorized underloads are subject to withdrawal after the Add/Drop period at student’s expense, can be placed on academic probation, and/or can be referred to the Student Conduct process for failure to comply with College rules and regulations.
  • The student is responsible for cost of full-time tuition and fees.
  • The term counts as a full semester toward the 10-semester rule.
What happens if a student withdrawals to an unauthorized underload after the end of the Add/Drop period?

He/she will be re-entered into the last class or classes from which he/she withdrew until enrollment is at the approved number of credit hours.

What other implications can an underload have?

Students are advised to consult with their insurance company and the financial aid office before applying for an underload. Underloads are seen as part-time enrollment by most financial institutions and could cause changes in insurance and a reduction in financial aid.

Do audited classes count toward the 12 credit hours required to be a full-time student at the College?

Audited classes do not count towards the 12 credit hours earned each semester. However, they do count toward the 18 hour maximum allowed for undergraduate students.

During a semester in which I am granted an underload, am I still expected to meet the continuance regulations?

Yes, students carrying an underload will be expected to meet the continuance regulations published in the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

What if I have more questions?

Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 221-2510 to speak with a Dean.