Reduced Courseload


Policy

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature and functional limitations of a student’s documented disability, he/she may be eligible to take less than a full time courseload while still maintaining full time status. Each student request is determined on an individualized, semester-by-semester basis. Enrollment status is based on the following University of Connecticut credit requirements (http://financialaid.uconn.edu/Enrollment_Status):

Status Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
Full-time 12 or more credits
  • 9 or more credits
  • 6 or more credits and Graduate Assistantship
  • 3 credit course 5960, 6960, 5930 or 6930
3/4 Time 9-11 credits
Half-time 6-8 credits 5-8 credits
Less than half-time Fewer than 6 credits Fewer than 5 credits

Students who may qualify for a reduced courseload may include:

  • Students with mobility disabilities or those who work with personal assistants;
  • Students following a strict medication or treatment regimen;
  • Students with significant energy limitations;
  • Students with significant cognitive processing disorders.

Students approved for a reduced courseload will be eligible for aid based on cost of attendance and federal regulations. With the exception of the Pell Grant, it is the University’s policy that students must be enrolled at least half time to receive financial aid. There are also specific requirements for the following grants/loans:

  • Federal Pell Grants: federal regulations require that Federal Pell Grant funds be prorated based on the number of credits taken, and that the student financial aid budget is reduced accordingly. For additional information regarding Federal Pell Grants, please visit Financial Aid at http://financialaid.uconn.edu/Grants.
  • Federal Stafford Loan program: to borrow under the Federal Stafford Loan program, or to have a previous loan deferred, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits. For additional information regarding the Federal Stafford Loan program, please visit Financial Aid at http://financialaid.uconn.edu/Loans.

Procedure

Student Responsibilities

  • Prior to making a decision regarding an appropriate courseload, discuss the implications of this accommodation directly with Financial Aid.
  • Students seeking certification of full time status should contact the Registrar’s office at (860) 486-3331 or registrar@uconn.edu.
  • Students are encouraged to inform their academic advisors if they are approved for this accommodation in order to assist with course planning each semester.

CSD Responsibilities

  • Each semester, send notification to the following University offices regarding students who are approved for reduced courseloads: Registrar, Financial Aid, and Bursar.
  • Assist with resolving any issues that arise regarding this accommodation.

Any questions regarding this policy and procedure should be directed to Jennifer Lucia, Associate Director, at (860) 486-2020 or csd@uconn.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Reduced Courseloads:

University policy requires that financial aid and scholarships are based on a fixed enrollment date (the tenth day of classes) each semester. The tenth day of classes is the last day on which you are able to add/drop via the Student Administration System. The amount of your financial aid awards and/or University scholarship for the semester will be based on the number of credits you are enrolled in on that date.If you drop credits DURING the add/drop period, you may be required to repay some or all of your aid that was disbursed to you if, as of the fixed enrollment date, you no longer meet the enrollment requirements for the types of aid you have been awarded. If you drop a class AFTER the tenth day of classes, and receive a W in that class, neither your billing status nor your financial aid status will be adjusted. However, you may not be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines for the next academic year. For additional information regarding the Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines, please visit Financial Aid at http://financialaid.uconn.edu/Satisfactory_Academic_Progress_Policy.For information regarding enrollment requirements for different types of aid, please visit Financial Aid at http://financialaid.uconn.edu/Enrollment_Status#Fixed_Enrollment_Date. Students are also encouraged to speak directly with a professional in Financial Aid with any questions.

No. Any current, degree-seeking, resident student with a documented disability who is approved for a reduced courseload with full time status by the Center for Students with Disabilities can retain his/her on-campus housing despite taking less than 12 credits.

Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, regulations regarding health care coverage of dependents changed. Please contact your health insurance provider directly for their policies and procedures regarding coverage. Ordinarily, students who are covered under their parents or guardians health insurance must provide verification that they are enrolled full time. The Center for Students with Disabilities does not provide this verification for insurance companies. Rather, students may obtain certification of full time status from the Office of the Registrar located in the Wilbur Cross building or at http://www.registrar.uconn.edu/.