International Student Services

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Reduced Course Load Authorization

F-1 students must enroll full time during Fall and Spring semester in order to maintain their non-immigrant status. Full time credit load is 12 for undergraduate and 8 for graduate students. However, in certain situations, students may apply to drop below full course load. Please fill out this form to request for RCL authorization.

Important Notes

You may lose the eligibility for financial aid/grant/scholarship if you are not a full-time student. Please check with Student Service Center for your case.

 

Residential Life requires students to be full-time to be eligible to live on-campus (12 credits or more for undergraduates and 8 credits or more for graduate students). If you have an on-campus housing assignment for the underenrolling semester, please contact Residential Life to be approved to live on-campus.

 

Do NOT drop below full time without receiving prior RCL authorization from ISS. This will result in termination of your SEVIS record.

 

Academic difficulty RCL can only be approved once per academic level.

 

Final term RCL can only be approved twice.

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Student Information



This number can be found at the top right on the first page of your I-20. It has 10 digits and stars with N000








Supporting Evidence Requirement

In order for your request to be approved, you will need to provide proof as specified below.

For Final Term

Provide a statement from an academic advisor confirming that you have applied for graduation and completing your program of study at the end of the semester which you are applying for RCL. The statement can be in the form of an email sent to iss@plu.edu from a PLU email account.

For Illness or Medical Condition

Provide a statement from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist to substantiate the illness or medical condition. The statement can be in the form of a letter using office letterhead or in a form of email with a signature. The letter does not need to be a original. It can be faxed, copied or scanned and emailed to ISS.

For Academic Difficulty

Provide statement(s) of support from professor(s) or an academic advisor regarding your situation in class(es) that you wish to withdraw from. The statement can be in the form of an email sent to iss@plu.edu from a PLU email account.

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The Drop Form

If you are requesting RCL in the midst of academic semester for illness, medical or academic difficulty reasons, once your RCL is approved by ISS, you need to turn in the Drop form to the Student Services Center. The form may require a signature from your course instructor.  Be sure to check the deadline for last day to submit this form. SSVC will charge $100 for this process.

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Request Submission

By pressing submit below, I am submitting a RCL Authorization Request. I understand that this request needs to accompany supporting evidence(s). I will drop off supporting evidence(s) at SIL front desk (located at AUC 161) or have my supporters email them to iss@plu.edu. I will NOT drop below full course load before receiving an approval notification by email from ISS.

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