As a student, it is very important to find a healthy balance of your life. You can expect to spend 10-21 hours per week on average for a class. The hours will vary, depending on the course and your personal learning style.
If you plan to work on a job while in school and have family obligations, you will want to consider balancing your course load appropriately. If you work more than 30 hours per week, we recommend that you determine with your supervisor, family and academic advisor if either one or two courses is a realistic academic goal. If you work less than 30 hours per week, speak with your academic advisor about an appropriate course load. A full time course load is considered three (4 unit) courses per quarter.
There may be times when it is just best to take the quarter off of your academic study, and that is usually okay. However, speak with your academic advisor to plan for any possible long-term consequences for taking time off school.