Course Underload

Action

Immigration implications

Procedure

 

Underload for Academic or Medical reasons

  • Undergraduate Students: Must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours per semester. Up to three credit hours may be from distance education courses from accredited institutions.
  • Graduate Students: Must be enrolled for at least 9 credits per semester. Up to three credit hours may be from distance education courses from accredited institutions.
  • Summer sessions: Students beginning their program during the summer session must be enrolled full-time during that summer session. (Undergraduates: 12 credit hours; Graduate Students: 6 credit hours.)
  • With institutional approval, U.S. immigration law allows students in F-1 and J-1  status to be temporarily enrolled less than full-time for the following medical or academic reasons:
    • Illness or Medical Condition (up to 12 months may be granted, anytime during program)
    • Initial difficulty with the English language (only during first year)
    • Initial difficulty with reading requirements (only during first year)
    • Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods (only during first year)
    • Improper course level placement (any time during program)
  • Students are eligible for one semester of academic under-load per degree level (i.e., if a student receive an under-load for English difficulty, he/she cannot be granted one later for course level placement). A medical under-load does not preclude student from an academic under-load, and vice versa.
  • Students in their final semester are only required to enroll in the number of credits required to graduate.

IMPORTANT: Student must continue attending their course(s) until the request for an underload has been approved by the Dean of Students Office/Graduate Registrar and authorized in SEVIS by Reves Center.

 

All final decisions will be made by the Dean of Students Office/Graduate Registrar. The role of the Reves Center is to advise you of your eligibility for an under-load as it pertains to your immigration status, and to update your SEVIS record if an under-load is approved; the Reves Center does not decide whether or not an underload will be approved.

 

Graduate Students

  • Student sees a Reves advisor to discuss plans, determine eligibility under immigration regulations, and understand the immigration implications.
  • For academic underload, the student will contact his/her Graduate Registrar to apply for the underload. The Reves Center will contact the Graduate Registrar to confirm that the student is eligible.
  • For medical underload, the student must complete a Medical Withdrawal Form.
  • If student is eligible for a medical underload, Reves advisor approves the form. Dean of Students adjudicates request.
  • Once the underload is approved, Reves advisor updates the student’s SEVIS record with “Reduced Courseload” approval.

 

Undergraduate Students

  • Student sees a Reves advisor to discuss plans, determine eligibility under immigration regulations, and understand the immigration implications.
  • For academic underload, the student must complete the Committee on Academic Status Petition Form
  • For medical underload, the student must complete a Medical Withdrawal Form.
  • If student is eligible for an underload, Reves advisor approves the form.
  • Dean of Students adjudicates request.
  • Once the underload is approved, Reves advisor updates the student’s SEVIS record with “Reduced Courseload” approval.