Reduced Course Load Requests

Please note- reduced course load requests submitted for FALL 2023 will be held and processed after the end of the current semester, beginning on or around May 8. Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received. This will not impact your ability to register for FALL 2023 during the course request period or add/drop period.

Most undergraduate students at Rice will maintain a course load of 12 to 18 credit hours per semester during their time on campus. A student is considered to have full-time enrollment status when they are enrolled in 12 or more credit hours. However, sometimes circumstances warrant going below 12 credit hours (a reduced course load, which gives a student part-time enrollment status). The Office of Academic Advising handles approval of reduced course load requests for undergraduate students. Undergraduate students planning to register for a reduced course load should complete the Reduced Course Load Request Form indicating:

  • the list of courses you wish to take,
  • the total credit hours this represents,
  • a clearly outlined plan indicating how this reduced load will not delay graduation,
  • and the specific reasons for making the request.

Please note that if you are an international student, a music major, an athlete (including managers, trainers, and practice team players), or on financial aid, we recommend that you consult with related offices prior to submitting your reduced course load request, as your request may require additional approval.

If you plan to live on campus, please note that there is a six credit hour minimum, and any exemptions to this requirement must be approved by your College Magister. If you register for or drop below six credit hours, you may be required to move off campus.

Tuition adjustments are granted when requests for part-time enrollment are received and approved prior to the end of the second week of classes (for Spring 2023, 5:00 pm on Friday January 20, 2023). There are no refunds for part-time enrollment requests submitted after this date, and the Office of Academic Advising is unable to retroactively date requests for purposes of tuition reimbursement, so please plan accordingly.

If students have any questions about part-time status requests, please email


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