Reduced Course Load

What is a Reduced Course Load?

A reduced course load accommodation may be an option if you are unable to take a full-time credit course load due to a disability. A reduced course load is less than 12 credits during an academic semester (not including PE credits). 

Are there other options?

Alternatives to taking a reduced course load could be exploring other accommodations with our office to support you in your current academic work, or considering a leave of absence if you feel that a better option for your circumstances. We are happy to discuss these options with you.  

What are the implications of a reduced course load?

Taking a reduced course load may have implications on certain things, such as: 

  • your academic progress towards graduation
  • financial aid
  • visa status
  • veteran educational benefits
  • eligibility to participate in athletics and student organizations (including clubs and club sports)

You are encouraged to speak with the appropriate offices to understand how a reduced course load may affect you. You do not need to disclose your disability to your advisor or other offices when gathering information, you can just let them know that you may be seeking a reduced course load accommodation through our office.

How do I request a reduced course load?

Before seeking a reduced course load accommodation, you should speak to your academic/program advisor to understand the implications of a reduced course load on your academic progress. 

We recommend doing that prior to making a formal request to our office for the accommodation. 

Once we have reviewed your request, we will contact you to gather any other needed information and let you know next steps.  

When should I request this?

You should request this accommodation prior to dropping classes to put you under 12 credits. Dropping under credits without an accommodation being approved first could put you in poor academic standing, which could jeopardize your future enrollment.  

It is best to start this process as soon as possible, ideally prior to the start of your semester


We encourage you to call or email us to set up a meeting with any questions.