State Limitation on Dropped Courses
Under section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code, “an institution of higher education may not permit a student to drop more than six courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education.” This statute applies to students who enroll in a public institution of higher education as first-time freshmen in fall 2007 or later. Any course that a student drops is counted toward the six-course limit if: “(1) the student was able to drop the course without receiving a grade or incurring an academic penalty; (2) the student’s transcript indicates or will indicate that the student was enrolled in the course; and (3) the student is not dropping the course in order to withdraw from the institution.” Some exemptions for good cause could allow a student to drop a course without having it counted toward this limit, but it is the responsibility of the student to establish that good cause.
- Severe illness or debilitating condition preventing completion of course
- Responsible for caring for a sick, injured or needy person
- Death of close family member
- Active duty service in US Armed Forces or National Guard, or that of an immediate family member
- Change in student’s work schedule beyond control of student
- Other good cause determined by the institution