Rock Valley College

Chapter 15: Reduced Credit Load

Students who cannot carry a full time academic load (12 credits or more) may opt for a reduction in their schedule. This reduction (typically between 9-11 credit hours) may allow a greater opportunity for academic success by allowing the student to devote their attention, time, energy, and resources towards a course load that is more reasonable and less demanding.


  • Contact DSS office to request this accommodation by phone: (815-921-2371, Email: or stop by)
  • Eligibility for this accommodation is determined via an interactive conversation between the student and the Accommodations Specialist
  • Once the Accommodations Specialist has granted approval, this accommodation will be automatically requested by DSS every semester
  • Faculty will be notified of the accommodtion via the Faculty Notification Letter
  • Students are responsible for contacting the DSS office regarding any questions or concerns they may have in relation to this accommodation

Students should be aware that Federal law requires Pell Grant funds to be prorated based upon the number of credits taken, and that the student financial aid budget will be adjusted accordingly. In addition, to participate in the federal Stafford Loan Program, or to have a previous loan deferred, the student must take at least six (6) credits. Finally, as always, eligibility for financial aid depends upon satisfactory academic progress. It is recommended that any student considering a reduction to their course load consult with the RVC Financial Aid office to discuss the potential impact on their financial aid package.