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Full Time Status on 40 Percent Course Load

Students with Permanent Disabilities:
Full Time Status on 40 Percent Course Load

Students with permanent disabilities who have registered with the Access to Students with Disabilities office may be qualified as full time on 40 percent course load if this is an academic accommodation they require as a result of their disabling condition. Students who have applied for provincial/federal student loan funding may be required to provide the funding agency with supporting documentation of disabling condition in order to be qualified as a full time student on 40 percent course load. For this reason, students should contact their provincial/federal student loan funding agency for more information regarding any supporting documentation that may be required in order to be qualified as a full time student on 40 percent course load. For students receiving funding through other sources (sponsorship agreements, employer funding for courses, insurance funding etc) your funding/sponsorship agency may also apply additional conditions regarding the required course load to maintain full time status as well, so it is important that you discuss this matter with the agency providing your funding.

Full Time Status on 40 Percent Course Load:
Students Receiving Provincial/Federal Student Financial Aid Funding

Students who apply for and receive provincial/federal student loan funding to attend courses receive a shortened contract term for courses. Three-credit courses are shortened to four months (instead of six) and six-credit courses are shortened to eight months (instead of twelve). Full-time on 40 percent course load status requires that students be registered in a minimum of six credits over four months for one semester or twelve credits over eight months for two semesters. All courses in each semester must have the same start date.

To maintain full time status on 40 percent course load as a student receiving provincial/federal student financial aid funding you must successfully complete at least 1.5 credits per month or 6 credits in any four month registration period (for example 2 courses x 3 credits per course = 6 credits term. 6 credit term/4 month contract term = 1.5 credits per month).

If you do not meet the minimum completion requirements, your financial aid advisor may recommend to your provincial/federal student loan funding agency that funding be discontinued.

Full Time Status on 40 Percent Course Load:
Students Not Receiving Provincial/Federal Student Financial Aid Funding

In order for students with permanent disabilities who are not receiving provincial/federal student financial aid funding to be granted full time status on reduced 40 percent course load, the minimum course load required is 1.5 credits per month.

Students must be actively registered in 3, three credits courses, all commencing on the same start date (for example 3 courses x 3 credits per course = 9 credits term. 9 credits term/6 month contract term = 1.5 credits per month) in order to be qualified as full time on reduced 40 percent course load.

Should you require clarification regarding what constitutes full time status on reduced 40 percent course load, please email asd@athabascau.ca

Updated October 10 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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