Published: May 25, 2022

If you will complete your degree this summer, full-time enrollment (or an authorized equivalent) that includes a physical presence on campus is necessary to maintain your F-1 status.

To be considered full-time in the summer, you must enroll in the following:

  • Undergraduate Student: Minimum of 6 credit hours of undergraduate course work
  • Graduate Student: Usually a minimum of 3 credit hours but will depend on your graduate status and level of course enrollment. Graduate School rules for full-time status apply
  • Student with Less than a Full-Time Course Load Remaining: Enroll in the credits required to complete your degree and submit a Confirmation of Final Semester Form (available in  MyISSS portal under “Immigration & Academic-Related Forms”)
  • Please note: ISSS strongly advises you to enroll in at least one in-person course if your final semester/term is during the summer. Hybrid courses and labs with a required in-person element count as in-person courses

Your last day of summer enrollment determines the end date of your F-1 program, which impacts your on-campus employment authorization end date, when you can apply for OPT, and also when your grace period starts. Each summer graduate may have different F-1 program end dates depending on your last day of enrollment.

  • Please contact ISSS to determine when your 60-day grace period begins.