Academic Load Regulations

Diploma Students

  • Full Academic Load: 12 – 18 credit hours per academic semester
  • Reduced Academic Load: typically defined as less than 12 credit hours per academic semester and granted to students meeting certain criteria.  Refer to the Student Academic Load Policy for further details.
  • Over-load: typically defined as 19 – 21 credit hours per academic semester and granted to students meeting certain criteria.  Refer to the Student Academic Load Policy for further details.

Bachelor Students

  • Full Academic Load: refer to Academic Load Bachelor’s Programs for number of required courses.
  • Reduced Academic Load: refer to Academic Load Bachelor’s Programs for number of required courses.  For eligibility criteria, refer to the Student Academic Load Policy for further details.
  • Over-load: refer to Academic Load Bachelor’s Programs for number of required courses.  For eligibility criteria, refer to the Student Academic Load Policy for further details.
Reduced Academic Load
A reduced academic load is defined in the Student Academic Load Policy.  A student can be granted a reduced academic load under the following circumstances:
  • Students who have been issued an Academic Warning or Academic Probation;
  • Students who have disabilities that prevent them from taking a full-load as per the terms of Students with Disabilities Policy and Procedure;
  • Students holding full-time employment.
How to request a reduced load

Student seeking to reduce their load must make a request using the Academic Load Reduction Request Form at least 5 days before the last day of the published Drop period and obtain the approval of their Academic Advisor.

Students who are granted a reduced load continue to be bound by all ACK policies and are expected to complete their studies within a maximum of eight academic semesters. Students should acknowledge that reducing study load may impact their ability to complete their program within the required timeframes.

Tuitions fees associated with a reduced load are determined in accordance with ACK’s fee structure and relevant financial policies.  Being on reduced load may affect a student’s scholarship status.

Academic Over-load
An over-load is defined in the Student Academic Load Policy.  A student is eligible for an over-load under the following circumstances:
  • If the student has earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50/4.00;
  • If the student requires an over-load to graduate in the academic semester requested;
  • If the student is taking a course with a lab component (applicable for 19 credits only).
How to request an overload

Eligible students seeking an over-load must make a request using the Academic Load Increase Request Form at least 5 days before the last day of the published Add period and obtain the approval of their Academic Advisor.

A student who is granted an over-load continues to be bound by ACK’s all academic policies.  Even if the request for a load increase is approved, registration in the requested courses will be conditional and subject to class availability.

Tuitions fees associated with an over-load are determined in accordance with ACK’s fee structure and relevant financial policies.