Reduced Course Load
For some students with disabilities, the requirement of having to enroll full-time (12-18 credits) can be a barrier towards achieving success in their educational, personal and professional goals. We recognize that due to a more server academic impact of a significant disability some students may benefit from a reduced course load (1 to 11 credit). Disability Services for Students (DSS) and the Financial Aid Office have collaborated to create a Financial Aid Policy for students whose disability warrants a reduced course load.
The student must request as an accommodation a reduced course load each semester as the accommodation is not automatic. Up-to-date documentation may be required by DSS each semester. We strongly recommend that students make their request prior to the first week of classes each semester. Requests will not be considered after the add/drop deadline.
Students should follow the same process required to register with Disability Services for Students (self-disclose to the Disability Specialist or Director of Disability Services, complete the an application for disability services, submit documentation and schedule/attend an intake meeting).
Non-disability related factors will not be considered as primary reasons for a reduced course load. These include: Curricular activities, employment, failure to utilize academic accommodations and campus resources, lack of academic preparation and poor class attendance, etc.
Approval does not grant extended time for degree completion of acceptance of out of date credits. Students must also make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree at BW.
Students who are approved for reduced course load should meet with their academic advisors to discuss/formulate their Graduate Plan, and university degree completion requirements. In addition, students need to schedule a meeting with a Financial Aid Officer to discuss their revised award letter and possible changes to their BW aid package.