Students may enroll at Lincoln College-Normal on either a full-time or a part-time basis. For the purpose of enrollment verifications, the following definitions apply. To achieve full-time status, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours, with 15 to 16 hours constituting an average load and 18 hours a full load. To enroll in an overload (more than 20 hours in a semester), a student must obtain written permission from the Dean of Academic Affairs.

ABE students are limited to one (1) course per five (5) week session. Students wishing to enroll in more than one accelerated course per sub-term must seek and receive written approval from the Associate Dean of the Center for Adult Learning. Students may be enrolled in one additional traditional academic program class per semester to meet program pre-requisite requirements.

Because Midwest College of Cosmetology Certificates are clock hour programs, Lincoln College-Normal converts clock hours to credit hours in determining a student’s academic load. Midwest College of Cosmetology students should be aware that full-time enrollment verifications may not be possible depending on the certificate program for which the student is enrolled unless coursework is supplemented by enrolling in classes in the traditional academic program. Full-time students may enroll in up to 6 credit hours of coursework in the Traditional Academic Program at no additional cost.

The following chart indicates the academic credit hour load of students in each certificate program including the Midwest College of Cosmetology without concurrent enrollment in traditional academic program courses:

Full-time Cosmetology Certificate (August or January start): 12 credits/semester for 3 semesters
Day Esthetics Schedule: 9 credits/semester
Evening Esthetics Schedule: 6 credits/semester
Massage Therapy: 10 credits/semester