To maintain F-1 status, international students must be enrolled in a full course of study at the start of the fall and spring semesters. You may request a Reduced Course Load (RCL) in the following circumstances:
Students in their final semester of study.
- Undergraduate students with less than 12 credits remaining to complete their degrees may submit the Reduced Course Load (RCL) eForm via the ISSC eForm Portal.
- Graduate students with less than 9 credits remaining to complete their degrees may submit the Reduced Course Load (RCL) eForm via the ISSC eForm Portal. See information on determining your completion date.
Graduate students who have completed all coursework, all research hours, and all dissertation hours who are required to take one continuing registration credit.
Students with a medical issue in the current semester.
If you would like to request a reduced course load based on medical reasons, please consult with an advisor as soon as possible. Medical documentation is required to apply and must be signed by a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or a clinical psychologist.
The Reduced Course Load eForm will be available as early as 30 days before the start of the semester at the ISSC eForm Portal.
*An RCL is not required if your remaining credits are online as these will need to be completed outside of the U.S.
*An RCL is not required for the summer semester.