There are three main instances in which F-1 students may legally fall below full-time student status (12 credits per trimester). They are:
- Language difficulty (this can only be authorized for the student’s first trimester).
- Medical reasons (will be approved only with proper documentation from a Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist).
- Final trimester of study.
If any student would like to use one of these options, the International Student Advisor must be consulted for proper documentation in SEVIS. All other international students have the responsibility to maintain at least 12 credits per trimester. If 12 credits are not maintained, the student will fall out of legal status.