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The number of academic credits assigned to a course is based on the amount of work required in the course. Courses carry from 0 to 12 credits, but most offer 4 credits. Once credit has been earned in a course, that course may not be repeated for credit unless specifically designated.

See Definition of a Credit Hour for a complete explanation.


A full-time student carries 12 or more credits per semester. Audit hours do not count toward full-time status, but are included among tuition charges. A part-time student carries fewer than 12 credits per semester.

The following classifications apply to students working toward a degree either full-time or part-time:

  • A sophomore has 29 credits
  • A junior has 61 credits
  • A senior has 91 credits

Students not working toward a degree, such as post-baccalaureate students, are classified as special students.

Registration Course Load and Tuition Overload Policies

(Credit Reuse Policy)

Full-time tuition for the academic year covers enrollment in 34 credits (includes credits for two semesters and one January-term.) In order to be considered full-time, students must register for a minimum of 12 credits in a semester. Coursework in J-term does not count toward Fall full-time enrollment status. Students may register for a maximum of one J-term experience per J-term. J-term courses are typically 4 credits, but some study-away experiences may vary.

Students who register full-time (minimum of 12 credits) during the fall semester may register for one J-term course with no additional tuition (additional program or travel fees may apply.) Those credits in J-term are included in the 34 maximum for the year. Full-time tuition for only one semester in an academic year covers enrollment in up to 17 credits of instruction. Students who enroll in only fall and J-term have a maximum of 17 credits accross that period. Overload fees will be charged for students who exceed these limits. Students may not register only for J-term.

The overload credit reuse deadlines are published on the Academic Calendar for all 14-week and 7-week courses. J-term courses that remain on the schedule after the Add/Drop deadline will apply toward overload. Students who withdraw from coursework by this deadline may reuse those credits at a later time during the same academic year. Students who withdraw from a course after the overload credit reuse deadline has passed, have used the college resources to the point that they will not be able to reuse those credits. FYI-100 and MULS do not count in overload.

Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis for enrollment in fewer than 12 credits in any one semester or in more credits than the maximum covered by full-time tuition. Overload fees will be assessed and charged to the student bill during the spring semester. Some zero and .25 credit internships may be exempt from overload fees. See Internship policy for more information. 

Students should consult the overload/per credit fee on the Schedule of Student Charges and consult the Business Office about payment plans. Students who wish to appeal the overload fees may complete the appeal form on the Office of the Registrar forms web page. Augustana has carefully planned the degree with a single major can be completed in four years (eight semesters) if students stay on track and plan accordingly. Appeals of institutional fees from third parties (instructors, advisors, parents, etc.) will not be considered. 

Students are limited to 18 credits per semester. Students who wish to enroll in more than 18 credits in a semester should conslult the Registrarion Surplus policy

Normal progress toward a degree

Students are making normal progress toward the Bachelor of Arts degree if they earn at least 29 credits after two semesters, 61 after four semesters, 91 after six semesters, and 124 after 8 semesters of enrollment.

To maintain normal progress toward the degree, students must file a Declaration of Major form after earning 61 credits. These forms are available on the Office of the Registrar forms page. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be restricted from registration at the point when they have earned 61 credits but have not declared a program of study.