Petition for Overload

Petition for Overload Requests

The limitation on the amount 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 download and complete a Petition for Overload form.

Forms MUST be submitted to an academic advisor during an advising appointment. Petition for Overload forms will not be accepted by email or in person at the Advising Front Counter.

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
  • 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.

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