Full-time Reduced Course Load

When differences that result from disablement indicate that a 40% load would be equivalent to a 60% load for other students, a student with a disability may request and be eligible for a full-time reduced course load.

How do I reduce my course load?

  • Course load will be one of the considerations during your initial assessment. If you are enrolled and are having problems keeping up, you should contact ASD to set up an appointment to discuss course load (ASD Appointment Request Form)
  • During the appointment, identify the specific concerns or problems you are finding. ASD will discuss possible solutions with you.
  • If reducing the course load appears to be the best course of action, ASD will discuss the requirements and any potential implications for academic standing or funding eligibility. Most provincial student loan programs will allow a student with a disability to apply for a reduced full time load of 40%. ASD will provide you with information on how to proceed.
  • Obtain a Doctor's note that indicates you need to continue with a full-time reduced (40%) course load. Forward it to the ASD Office.
  • With appropriate documentation to verify the need, ASD will recommend that Athabasca University will consider you to be a full-time student with a reduced course load. Such recommendations will also be forwarded to funding sources with the medical verification, but ASD cannot guarantee their approval.

For further information, see Cautions on Course Load.