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Full-time undergraduate students must receive written permission from the Dean of Students to register for an underload of 11 hours or less. It is strongly recommended that students obtain written approval prior to the bill due date.

Important UNDERLOAD Information

  • Full-time undergraduate candidates who are permitted underloads will receive a reduction in tuition (in proportion to the reduced load) if the underload is granted prior to the end of the Add/Drop deadline. No tuition refunds are granted after this date. However, all students are charged the standard student fee that supports fee-bearing facilities and services.
  • 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 university rules and regulations.
  • A student seeking an underload is responsible for determining if this will affect any insurance or financial aid by contacting his or her provider. In most cases, your financial aid will be reduced by the amount of your tuition reduction.
For information related to the underload petition process, please contact the Dean of Students Enrollment Services Staff at 757-221-2510 or email 

For questions related to your tuition statement, please contact the Bursar’s Office at 757-221-1220 or email