A student who is registered for eight or more semester hours in a semester, or six or more hours over all summer terms is classified a full-time student. Twelve credit hours per semester (or six credit hours per summer term) is considered a maximal academic load for a full-time graduate student engaged in study for an advanced degree. Teaching and research fellowship holders are permitted eight to 12 semester hours of credit during semesters in which fellowship obligations are incurred. Students who are engaged in full-time work (within or without the University) should not undertake study for more than six semester hours of credit during their full-time employment. A student who is registered for less than eight semester hours in a semester or less than six hours over two summer terms is classified a part-time student. A student who is registered for three semester hours during a semester is classified as a half-time student.