Students managing health or personal circumstances which impact their academics may benefit from a course load reduction to help them balance academics and their wellness. A course load reduction, sometimes also called a workload reduction, adjusts the number of courses a student needs to pass in order to maintain good academic standing. However, it does not change the total credits needed for graduation. 

A course load reduction can be granted by a dean in Student Support Services. This one-time reduction may benefit a student while they work to address a new health concern or while they manage a difficult personal or family situation. Students with ongoing health needs are encouraged to work with Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) on any needed academic adjustments.  

Students taking an approved course load reduction may choose to do so with a tuition adjustment through the mid-semester deadline. Students should also speak with a dean in the office of the Dean of the College to understand and plan for impacts on their degree completion timeline. An SSS dean will make an appropriate referral connection when needed. 

Students wishing to explore a course load reduction should set up a time to meet with an SSS dean to discuss the details of this option.