Reduced Courseload Authorization

  • This form is for IUP students holding an F-1 or J-1 visa only.

    Permission to withdraw from classes and be below 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits during the fall or spring semester is required for F-1 and J-1 students to maintain legal immigration status. You MUST have approval from the OIE before dropping classes. If you withdraw from classes without permission–our office is to comply with immigration regulations and terminate your SEVIS record and you will be out of status (illegal). Undergraduate students approved for a reduced courseload must still register for 6 credits; graduate students must register for 6 (except for final semester of study or thesis).

    Masters/Doctoral Students: Being approved for a reduced courseload is only related to immigration status. If you drop below full-time, you need to check with your employer/Department about employment implications. Doctoral students working on their dissertation are considered "full-time for immigration purposes with one or more dissertation credits.

    Final Semester Deadline: by end of Drop/Add Period

    Academic Difficulty Deadline: Semester Withdrawal Deadline

    You must have approval before dropping classes. If you are below full-time without permission—our office is to comply with immigration regulations and terminate your SEVIS record and you will be out of status (illegal). If you receive Partial Tuition Waiver—your waiver will be reduced to reflect your credit load: $100/credit for undergraduates and $75/credit for graduate students.

    *This is not for doctoral students working on their dissertation; please fill out green form.

    *Masters/Doctoral Students: Being approved for a reduced courseload is only related to immigration status. If you drop below full-time, you need to check with your employer/department about employment implications.

    If you are in the middle of the semester, please wait to be notified of approval before you drop any classes.

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    Reason for requesting part-time:
    1. (You must print the Pdf form and submit with Academic Advisor's signature; Undergrads will enroll in at least 6 credits; Grads 3 credits)

    2. Experiencing academic difficulties (This can only be used one semester during the first year):

    3. (J1 students: a letter from your academic advisor listing a bona fide academic reason for reduced courseload is required.)

    4. (Letter from doctor required, describe illness and amount of time needed to recover).