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||
|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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students are encouraged to inform their academic advisors if they are approved for this accommodation in order to assist with course planning each semester.
- 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 email@example.com.