Reduced Course Load

Under certain circumstances, F-1 students may be permitted to be enrolled in less than a full-time course load after authorization for their DSO. This is known as a Reduced Course Load (RCL).

If an F-1 student is having specified initial academic difficulties, a temporary illness or medical condition, or needs fewer courses than a full course load in their last term to complete the program of study, DSOs may authorize a reduced course load. 

If you are a student in need of a reduced course, talk with a DSO in the Office of International Affairs. You cannot drop below a full course of study unless a DSO approves it and updates your student record in SEVIS.

Request for Reduced Course Load for Initial Difficulties

Request for Reduced Course Load for Temporary Illness or Medical Condition

Request for Reduced Course Load due to Completion of Program of Study

Request for Reduced Course Load as a part of Special Student Relief