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Reduced Course Load
All students on an F-1 visa must enroll in and complete a full course of study throughout the academic year (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduates and 9 credit hours per semester for graduates) and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
ALWAYS consult ISSS BEFORE you drop your course load to part-time or withdraw from all your courses; otherwise, you jeopardize your LEGAL status. Proper documentation must be kept in your ISSS file. Also, remember, the DHS will not accept not having enough money as an excuse for dropping below full-time hours.
If you are in your first or last semester of study and your academic advisor recommends that you drop below full-time, please complete the request for a Reduced Course Load through iStart. This form must also be approved by your academic advisor before being forwarded on to your International Student Advisor at ISSS. If the Reduced Course Load is for academic reasons and the student is NOT in the last semester, a student's course load can only be reduced to 6 credits. Otherwise the student will be in violation of F-1 status.