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Academic Programs Guide Glossary
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Credit hours: The unit of credit used at Relay is the semester credit hour (referred to in this document as “credit(s)”). One semester hour of credit represents a minimum of 15 clock hours (of 50 minutes each) of instruction plus an expectation of 30 hours of out-of-class student work, or an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities as established by the institution, over the course of an academic term.


Student: The term “student” in this document refers to all current Relay students enrolled in an academic program, both degree and non-degree seeking. For students enrolled in credit-bearing programs, the number of credits students are registered for and enrolled in per term will determine students’ enrollment loads. Students’ enrollment loads are either classified as being enrolled in full-time or part-time programs. Students enrolled in part-time programs can be further classified as being enrolled in half-time or less-than-half-time programs. At Relay, most students will be enrolled in half-time programs. The table below demonstrates student enrollment loads by credit per term.

Student Enrollment 

Full-Time Status  Part-Time Status 
Half Time Less Than Half Time 
9+ credits  4-8.99 credits 1-3.99 credits 
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