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"füll" time status


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Posted Nov 01, 2001 at 8:44:44 PM
Subject: "füll" time status

I was just wondering if anyone had information on how to get a college to reduce the number of credits required to be considered full time? I am looking at going to grad school next year and will need to ask that the number of credits required to be full time is lowered. I have talked with my learning specialist here on campus and she said that no one here has asked that before that she knew of. So, I am hoping that maybe someone would have sources of information on this. Thank you.

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Posted:Nov 02, 2001 10:59:57 AM

Interesting. I would think this could be possible but why do you need it? You might need professional help eg a lawyer for this.

If be virtue of having a disability, a part-time load becomes full time in the hours that preparation requires, I could see you having a case to be considered full time ... when you're really taking a part time load.

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Posted:Nov 05, 2001 9:56:47 AM

I think this is an accommodation that's been asked for and received for some purposes but not others. What is it you're trying to get that you need to be full time for? I know somebody who did get "full time" status as far as being allowed to live in the dorms -- but I don't think she'd have been able to be considered full time for things like financial aid.

http://www.heath.gwu.edu/ may be a good place to start a search for info ("The National
Clearinghouse on
Postsecondary Education for
Students with Disabilities" -- it used to stand for "higher education and the handicapped" or something like that but the semantics changed)

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Posted:Nov 05, 2001 2:22:47 PM

I worked at a university for years will the disabled kids. When we thought a reduced load was appropriate, we provided appropriate documentation and the student would be eligible for whatever he or she was looking for. Hope this helps.

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Posted:Nov 06, 2001 8:21:26 AM

Thank you to all who have replied. I am seeking this accomidation for two reasons. The primary reason is to be able to stay in the dorms as a Resident Assistant. Part of the requirements are that I be a full time student. I may be able to work this out with them though. Also, I know that I will not be able to do well in the classes I take if I take the "full" time course load of 12 to 15 credits. I have talked this over with the Learning Specialist here on campus and she agrees that it would be a good idea to take less than 12 credits a semester. The classes would be very reading intensive and that is an area of weakness for me.

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Posted:Nov 06, 2001 10:14:55 AM

I went to a parent information meeting about students with LDs at one college and they brought up the topic of full time status with a course load of about 9 credits (in this case, because some students lose the right to continue on their parent's health care plan if not a full time student). This school has a standard letter they provide to the student stating something like:... due to the students learning disabilities, more than a typical amount of study and tutoring time is needed to successfully complete courses so that it is unreasonable for the student to take more than 9 credits at the current time. Therefore, for this student 9 credits is a full time course load and the student's status at the school is considered full time. They have had no problems with insurance companies accepting this (although they recommend not sending the letter unless asked by the insurance company to document full time status). Good luck.

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Posted:Dec 09, 2001 10:57:24 PM

I want to do this a few times but I never ended up doing it instead I have had four or five incopletes becouse I could not complete the course becuase you can't do time in a half in one semester when you are full time. I would ask for lower hours as full time under the time in a half accomidation. It is more reasonable than the incomplete route. Good Luck

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