Request for a Reduced Course Load


Processing time for requests is 5 – 7 business days. Please plan accordingly. Be sure to fill this form completely. You will receive email notification once your I-20 or DS-2019 is ready for pick up at the Office of International Student Services in Old Main, Room 321.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires ALL F-1 and J-1 students be enrolled full-time during the academic year (fall and spring semesters), with exception to the annual vacation term (summer term). Full-time is defined as 12 semester hours for undergraduate and pathway students, and 9 semester hours for graduate students. A student may only drop below a full course load after approval by the Office of International Student Services. With exception to medical conditions or illness, students are only permitted one Reduced Course Load per degree program.

Request a Reduced Course Load

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