Program Extension

F-1 students are given a specific period of time to complete the academic program requirements.

For F-1 students, this period of time is shown on line #5 of the I-20.

Please note the expiration date on the I-20. Students who are unable to meet the academic program requirements by that date must submit a program extension form to the Global Education Office (GEO) before the expiration date.

If the expiration date on the I-20 has passed, students must meet with Vaolele Stawiarski, Associate Director of International Student Services, immediately, as the student is considered to be out of status.

Please note that there is a 2-week processing time for program extensions.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for a program extension, F-1 students must meet the following requirements:

  1. The expiration date of the I-20 has not yet passed
  2. The F-1 student status has been continuously maintained
  3. Sufficient funds to cover the additional time needed to complete program requirements (including tuition and living expenses of $1000 per month) are available and can be proven
  4. The delay in completion of program must be due to one of the following reasons:
  • Compelling academic reason (change of major, change in the research topic, unexpected research problems, etc.)
  • Compelling medical reason (documentation is required from Dominican Student Health Center or a U.S.-licensed medical physician)

Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for a program extension.

I-20 Extension Process for F-1 students

1.    Obtain the Program Extension Form for F-1 students
2.    Receive approval and obtain a signature from an academic adviser
3.    Submit the Program Extension form along with the proof of funding to GEO at least 3 weeks before the expiration date of the I-20.