Petition for Overload

Petition for Overload Requests

The limitation on the number of enrollment hours is based on the Texas Administrative Code. This policy sets that institutions should not allow students to enroll in more credits than the number of weeks in the semester to ensure success. The maximum amount of hours a student should take in each Flex semester is 9, and the max amount of hours in a 16 week semester is 18. A link to this policy is included below:

Texas Administrative Code on Enrollment Hours 

Need to request permission to take additional hours? Please contact your assigned advisor to schedule a time to discuss overloading for a semester and getting access to the online document.

Online forms MUST be submitted after discussing the overload request with your assigned certified academic advisor. Petition for Overload forms will not be processed if an advising conversation cannot be verified.

Students requesting to take more than the maximum credit hours during a semester must meet the following requirements: 

  • Have a minimum overall institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a prior semester GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours, to include transfer credits
  • Have completed at least one semester while enrolled in 15 or more credit hours with a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be requesting to complete the course at Northwest Vista College
  • Must be in good Academic Standing (overall institutional GPA is above 2.0)
  • Advisor recommendation

*Students wanting to overload a course at a different Alamo College District college must submit the Petition for Overload form to that institution.

Special consideration may be granted to students who are needing an additional course for their graduating semester. 

Transfer Students:

Must have official transcripts on file showing that they meet the requirements listed above at their previous institution(s).

Flex/Maymester/Summer Requests:

Must have completed a mini-mester previously with a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher in addition to meeting the requirements above.

All requests must have been submitted no later than two weeks prior to the first day of class to be reviewed.

Deadlines for Submission:

Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Maymester: Friday, April 30th Flex I (8 Weeks): Friday, August 6th
First Summer Session: Friday, May 21st 16-Week= Friday, August 6th
Eight Week Session: Friday, April 30th Start Two 14 Week Session: Friday, August 20th 
Second Summer Session: Thursday, June 28th  Flex II (8 Weeks)= Friday, October 1st
Eight Week Session (II): Friday, May 21st Wintermester: Friday, November 26th 
Third Eight Week Session: Thursday, June 3rd  
Ten Week Session: Friday, May 21st  

A response is sent to a student’s ACES email within two weeks of the date of submission.