To avoid shouldering too heavy a work load in outside study and homework assignments, part-time students usually take no more than two or three courses a term for 6 to 9 semester-hour credits, thus attending class meetings for 6 to 9 hours a week. These hours of attendance by rule of thumb would entail at least 12 to 18 additional hours of study and assignments a week. The resulting week of work and study breaks down as follows:
In contrast, full-time students usually take four to six courses per semester for 12 to 18 semester-hour credits.
Their study workload per week breaks down as follows:
Abstracted from: The College Board Guide to Going to College While Working by Gene R. Hawes,
College Entrance Examination Board, New York, 1985.