Academics | Part-Time Approval

Students registered for less than nine credit hours are part-time.  Part-time status requires approval.     

To receive the per credit hour, part-time tuition rate, students must be verified for part-time approval with the Office of the Registrar by the end of the second week of classes.

To do so, a graduate student must:

  • Initiate their request with their graduate program (start with your graduate program administrator) who will subsequently submit their approval for the record to be updated. 
  • International students must also obtain permission from OISS in addition to graduate program permission to drop below full-time status. International students must submit to OISS a Reduced Course Load (RCL) request form, Reduced Course Load is only granted for academic difficulty or final semester.  Please see the Reduced Course Load flowchart,, for more information.

Please keep in mind:

  • A part-time student must register for a minimum of three credit hours.
  • Part-time students are not eligible to receive fellowships, assistantship aid, tuition scholarships, or reduced-rate tuition from Rice. See also Financial Aid.
  • Part-time students may drop their last class (when consistent with the Academic Calendar) without de facto withdrawing, by petitioning for a leave of absence that is approved.  Part-time students who do not successfully complete three credits in two consecutive semesters will not be allowed any additional leaves.
  • All time boundaries and degree requirements apply to part-time students.

Additional considerations can be found in the General Announcements:

And on the OISS Website: