International students, holding a Student Visa, must comply with all immigration rules and regulations. Failure to comply will place you out-of-status. You must then apply for reinstatement of status with USCIS.
These rules fall into four categories: registering in a timely, maintaining full-time course load, reporting changes in a timely manner, and requesting leave authorization.
Students are required to register for all classes before the beginning of each term. You must pay all tuition and fees before the beginning of each term. If you have not registered and paid for classes by the deadline and are not on authorized leave, you will be automatically placed out-of-status.
All international students, holding a Student Visa, must maintain the full-time course load shown below. These courses must be residential courses and cannot be taken online.
Students who wish to accelerate their degree may take additional courses up the maximum load shown below. The additional courses, beyond full-time, may be taken online.
|Academic Level||Full-time Load per Term||Maximum Load per Term|
|Graduate||Two courses 9 term credits||Four courses 18 term credits|
|Undergraduate||Three courses 13.5 term credits||Four courses 18 term credits|
|You must take at least a full-time course load to stay in-status.|
International students can drop below a full-time course load during their last term if the number of courses required to complete is less than the full-time load. Other exceptions are possible, but rare. All such exceptions require approval by the International Student Office.
If you drop a course and fall below a full-time course load, you will be placed out-of-status.
Students must report the following changes within ten (10) business days to the International Student Office.
All changes should be submitted in writing. Email is the preferred method of communication.
Students may take three types of leave: annual vacation leave, personal leave, and medical leave.
If you fail to request leave and do not report for classes, you will be placed out-of-status.
If you go out-of-status, you can request reinstatement with USCIS The International Student Office can assist with this reinstatement request. The reinstatement fee is currently US $370. Your case will reviewed by USCIS to determine if any mitigating circumstances warrant reinstatement. If your request is denied, you will be required to leave the country.