Requesting a Reduced Course Load
What is a Reduced Course Load Request?
International students must maintain proper enrollment in the minimum number of credits each spring and fall semester. In some cases, students need to enroll in less than the required number of credits based on their academic circumstances. The Reduced Course Load Request provides approval from the Academic Advisor and the ISSS Team to the student for less than fulltime enrollment in a particular semester.
The Reduced Course Load Request for Final Semester Enrollment must be approved by ISSS prior to the student enrolling less than fulltime. The request is processed within the Workday System.
ISSS typically begins processing RCL requests about 30 days prior to the semester start date.
*Students requesting a reduced course load due to an Academic Difficulty(please see below) or Medical reason should contact ISSS directly at [email protected] for requesting and processing. Academic Difficulty and Medical Reduced Course Loads should not be requested within Workday and are processed separately in the ISSS Student Portal.
What are the fulltime enrollment requirements for F-1 or J-1 Students?
F-1 Graduate Students must enroll in at least 9 credits each spring and fall semester. Only one course of the required enrollment may be web campus or hybrid. F-1 Undergraduate Students must enroll in at least 12 credits each spring and fall semester. Only one course of the required enrollment may be web campus or hybrid.
J-1 Graduate Students must enroll in at least 9 credits each spring and fall semester. All required courses must be in person. J-1 Undergraduate Students must enroll in at least 12 credits each spring and fall semester. All required courses must be in person
How does the Reduced Course Load approval impact fulltime enrollment?
Once approved by ISSS, international students may enroll below the required number of credits listed above. However, students must maintain their on campus presence by enrolling in the correct number of on campus courses:
F-1 Students enrolling in one course must take this course on campus. If an F-1 student is enrolling in two courses, one course is permitted to be web campus/hybrid and the other must be on campus. If an F1 student is enrolling in three courses, two courses must be on campus and one may be web campus/hybrid.
J-1 students must take all required courses on campus. Students completing degree requirements in the summer must also maintain their on campus presence by following these requirements
Enrolling in courses before submitting the Reduced Course Load Request:
Students should be enrolled in their required courses before submitting the reduced course load request. Once ISSS has approved your Reduced Course Load Request, you will no longer be able to adjust your course schedule for the given term.
A hold will be placed on your account confirming that ISSS has approved your reduced course load schedule. This hold will not impact your ability to continue with your courses or program.
If you need to adjust your course after your Reduced Course Load request has been processed, please contact [email protected] for assistance.
Students who enroll in courses additional to their required courses will need to have the Reduced Course Load Request approved by ISSS prior to dropping the nonrequired course.
Students should indicate in the comment section of their Reduced Course Load Request which nonrequired course they plan to drop. When adjusting the course schedule, please keep in mind the F-1 Enrollment Requirements for students in their final semester. Please remember that as an F-1 Student, it is the student's responsibility to remain in compliance as per the visa requirements and to maintain the course schedule in such a way that the student will be able to graduate in the current term.