Students may take any four courses in a semester, regardless of their unit value, without additional tuition charges. Five or six course that total no more than 4.75 units are also allowed at no additional charge. An overload consists of five or six courses totaling more than 4.75 units, or more than six courses. First-year students may not take a course overload. The minimum course load to be considered a full-time student is 3.5 units. However, students who only take 3.5 units will find themselves falling behind in making regular progress toward graduation, and may find themselves ineligible for athletics or some financial aid.