At Howard Community College, a full-time student schedule for either the fall semester or the spring semester of the winter/spring term generally consists of 12 to 18 credit hours. A student registered for fewer than 12 credit hours is classified as part-time. A schedule in excess of 18 credit hours must be approved by an academic advisor. Except in extraordinary circumstances, such approval will not extend beyond a load of 21 credit hours and will be based on a student’s demonstrated ability to be successful with a full load of 18 (non-audit) credit hours. During the summer term, a student may take no more than 16 credit hours across all sessions. During the winter intersession, a student may take no more than eight credit hours.
Students enrolled in certain allied health programs with a schedule of fewer than 12 credit hours, during the clinical phase, may be considered full-time from a program perspective. However, for financial aid purposes, a student must enroll in 12 aid-eligible credit hours to be considered full-time. Total developmental coursework in excess of 30 credit hours is not aid-eligible. More than one repeat of a previously passed course is not aid-eligible credit hours.
Policy Manual Review/Revision: 02/27/15