A student who is registered for eight or more credit hours in a semester is classified a full-time student. Twelve credit hours per semester 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 credit hours in a semester is classified as a part-time student. A student who is registered for three semester hours during a semester is classified as a half-time student.