Course Loads

Undergraduate Course Load

Minimum Course Load: For university purposes, the minimum load for full-time attendance in fall and spring is 12 semester hours; summer is 8 semester hours (4 hours 1st term and 4 hours 2nd term).  For Financial Aid purposes, however, the minimum course load is always 12 hours, regardless of the term.

Normal, Maximum, and Probationary Course Loads. Sixteen to seventeen hours is the normal student load. The maximum credit load for a student in good standing is 20 hours for fall and spring semesters and 15 for summer. The maximum load for students on academic probation is 16 hours for fall and spring semesters and 10 for summer. Any load exceeding the above requires approval by the Department Chair and Dean of the College or School in which the student is majoring.

Probation Course Load. The maximum load for students on academic probation is 16 semester hours for fall and spring semesters, and 10 for summer, with the exception of seniors within two semesters of graduation, who may carry 18 if necessary. A student on probation may be advised to take a lower load and must observe the load requirement or violate the terms of his/her probation.

Late Registration Course Load. Those who register late may be required to reduce their load.

Financial Aid. Federal law defines full time for financial aid purposes as being registered for at least 12 semester hours (excluding audit hours) for all semesters. Three-quarter time students include those who register for 9 - 11 semester hours, and half-time students include those who register for 6 - 8 semester hours. Students who drop below 6 credit hours during any semester (including summer) may have their financial aid deleted. Students who attend only one (1) summer session may have their financial aid reduced.

Please remember that you must attend class to be eligible for your financial aid. if YOU WITHDRAW from school, DROP HOURS, or just STOP going to class, you will probably have to REPAY some or all of the aid you received.

Graduate Course Load

Permissible Loads: Nine credit hours per semester constitute a minimum full load for a graduate student. During the Summer Semester, six hours is considered full-time for a graduate student. The maximum permissible load is 16 hours of credit during the Fall Semester and Spring Semester and 12 hours of credit during the Summer Semester (these are inclusive totals and includes all credit earned at all institutions). An overload of graduate credit is not permitted in these semesters. Exceptions may be made when a student audits courses or is taking undergraduate courses concurrently with graduate courses. Students who are serving as graduate assistants are limited to course loads appropriate to the extent of their service; however, in no case will a student appointed to a full assistantship be permitted to take more than 12 hours per semester.

An international student must be a full-time student at Tennessee Technological University August through May. Each semester except summer, an international student must earn a minimum of 9 credit hours if a Master's candidate and 6 credit hours if a Ph.D. candidate.