Progress Toward the Degree: Light Loads
Light Load refers to a term registration of fewer than 32 units. Because light loads slow a student's progress toward the degree, the CAP monitors these registrations:
- For the first and second consecutive terms on Light Load, the CAP normally takes no action, as long as the advisor and home department approve.
- Students hoping to register on Light Load for a third consecutive term (or more) must petition the CAP for permission to continue. Such petitions must be discussed with a dean in Student Support Services (S3).
Note the information on the Registrar's website regarding financial and legal implications of Light Load.
- Before Drop Date, students who initially register for fewer than 32 units, or who drop subjects to a level below 32 units, should submit a Tuition Light-load Adjustment Form to the Registrar.
- After Drop Date, students petitioning the CAP for a Late Drop that would reduce their registration below 32 units must consult a dean in Student Support Services to document the circumstances before submitting the petition. If the effect of the Late Drop would be a third consecutive term on Light Load, the student must also submit a Continue on Light Load petition.