If you have completed a School of Media and Journalism degree application / degree audit request form and received word from a MEJO adviser that you need fewer than 12 hours to meet all requirements for that semester’s graduation, you may be eligible to carry a senior underload.
You must be enrolled in all remaining degree requirements and intend to graduate at the end of the current semester. Please read the following carefully before deciding on carrying a senior underload.
As a full-time undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, you are required to carry at least twelve (12) academic credit hours every semester. However, in the School of Media and Journalism during your final semester you are permitted to carry a course load of fewer than twelve (12) credit hours if those credits will satisfy ALL remaining graduation requirements. For reporting purposes, you will be considered a part-time student.
- Carrying an academic underload gives you the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as undergraduates carrying twelve (12) or more credit hours. You pay regular student fees (with tuition based on the number of enrolled credit hours) and are permitted to reside in on-campus housing, utilize campus support services, and have access to athletic events.
- It is your responsibility to check with your insurance provider and/or with the Office of Scholarships & Student Aid to verify whether enrolling in fewer than twelve (12) hours will affect your coverage, scholarship or loan.
If you have questions or need additional information about academic underloading, please contact MJ-school Academic Advising or the Office of the University Registrar.
Starting Fall 2017, the underload and overload request forms have been combined into a single online form. Apply here