Reducing Your Course Load
Immigration regulations permit exceptions to the full-time registration requirement in very limited circumstances and only with prior approval from ISSS. Students who drop below full-time without approval will be reported to SEVIS, jeopardizing their ability to stay in the US. Students will be considered for a reduced enrollment based on the reasons listed below.
Academic reasons for dropping below full-time include improper course placement , initial English language difficulties, or in cases when full-time enrollment would not be academically appropriate. An academic adviser (college or major adviser) must recommend the reduced enrollment. Reduced enrollment for academic reasons may be approved for only one semester during the student's degree program. Students should consider this carefully before requesting an approved reduced enrollment for academic reasons since it can only be used once.
Students may drop below full-time for physical or mental health reasons. The reduced enrollment must be recommended by a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist. Students with health problems should contact the the Health Center for care or referral. Reduced enrollment for health reasons may be approved for no more than a cumulative period of 12 months during the student’s degree program. Approval for reduced enrollment will be given for only one semester at a time, thus continuing health problems may need more than one approval if it continues beyond one semester.
Degree-seeking students who are completing their degree requirements in a specified semester can enroll less than full-time in order to graduate.