Article 3, Part 3 – Registration, Course Changes, and Withdrawal
§ 3-301 Number of Hours Required
For undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the minimum program required for receipt of maximum educational benefit payments under the Veteran’s Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966 and receipt of Social Security benefits as a dependent is 12 hours in a semester (six hours in the summer term).
Twelve credit hours and above in a semester constitute a full program of study for tuition and fee assessment; in the summer term, the number of hours is six and above. (See § 3‑501(b) on credit ranges.)
Registration in at least 12 credit hours in a semester is required for certification as a full-time student with one exception. Graduate students with assistantship appointments of 25–67%, inclusive, for a semester will be considered full-time for certification purposes when they are registered for at least eight credit hours. For purposes of load calculation, English as a Second Language courses required or recommended by the English as a Second Language Placement Test will count as four hours even if the registration is listed in the student registration systems as zero hours. Registration in at least six credit hours is required for certification as a half-time student in a semester. In the summer term, registration in at least six credit hours is required for full-time certification.
For university academic terms of other lengths, the number of hours are determined proportionately in accordance with the above principles.
Study Abroad students shall be considered full-time for academic purposes at the university when they are enrolled for at least the minimum full-time academic load as defined by the international institution. However, federal regulations require that students must take and transfer back 12 or more University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign hours to be considered full-time for financial aid purposes.
Each student is required to pursue a normal program of studies. The number of hours varies with the college and curriculum. More or less than a normal program may be permitted only by authority of the dean of the college or designated representative.
In most colleges, 12 semester hours are required for Dean’s List recognition. (See § 3‑401.)