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Maintaining your full time status during the school year

Posted By: OISS    Published: Monday, 15 Aug 2011

International students on F-1 or J-1 visas are required to maintain full-time enrollment during the school year. For students who are unable to meet the full-time enrollment requirement, a Reduced Course Load (RCL) authorization option may be available. These options are limited and require approval in advance. Federal regulations severely limit the student’s ability to reduce the course load. If you drop below full-time without authorization, OISS is required to report this through the SEVIS system and you will be violating the terms of your immigration status.

For details on Reduced Course Load requirements download the RCL form. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic options and to revise your academic plan. Once the form is completed and you have met with your academic advisor, visit OISS to verify eligibility and complete the RCL process.

Note: Some Reduced Course Load options are available only once per degree level.

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