Fall 2022: Traditional Full-Time Enrollment Requirements Apply

The University of Colorado Boulder resumed normal operations in Spring 2022. Traditional rules regarding full-time enrollment requirements will continue to apply for Fall 2022.

Final Semester Guidance: Enrollment Requirements and In-Person Presence

International students in F-1 status in their final semester are allowed to be enrolled part-time if they do not need full-time enrollment to complete their academic program requirements. Out of the credits a student needs to complete their academic program in their final semester, students are still limited to counting only 3 credits of online course work and must have on-campus presence to maintain their F-1 status.

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CU Online Course Delivery Restriction

Due to current restrictions imposed by U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, webcourse delivery cannot be provided to the following countries:

  • Cuba, Iran, Sudan, North Korea, Syria, Crimea Region of the Ukraine

Students who are a resident or may be a resident in any of these countries during their CU study, may require prior U.S. government approval. Students resident in a sanctioned country should not enroll or begin an academic program at CU. CU can seek prior U.S. government approval on a case by case basis. If you are interested in seeking prior approval, contact the Office of Export Controls at exportcontrolhelp@colorado.edu.

Immigration regulations require nonimmigrant students in F-1 or J-1 status to be enrolled in a full-time course load each fall and spring semester in order to maintain nonimmigrant visa status. Full-time enrollment is only required in the summer if it is your first or last semester of enrollment.

  • ISSS is required to report in SEVIS whether a student is enrolled full-time at CU Boulder, received an authorized reduced course load, dropped below a full course of study without prior authorization by the DSO, or failed to enroll.

A full course of study is defined as:

  • Undergraduate students: At least 12 credit hours
  • Graduate students: At least 5 graduate credit hours or a combination of 8 credit hours of graduate and undergraduate-level courses

Classes must be taken for a grade or pass/fail in order to count toward the full-time requirement. Classes taken for no-credit will not count toward the full-time enrollment requirement.

Failure to meet the full-time enrollment requirement or receive an authorized reduced course load can result in your SEVIS record being terminated.

  • Please review the Study in the States website for additional information on full-time enrollment requirements.

Online/Distance Education Restriction

For both undergraduate and graduate students, only 3 credits of online/remote/distance education courses can count towards the full-time enrollment requirement. For example, if you are an undergraduate student, you can take a 3-credit class online, but you must have at least 9 additional on-campus credits that are for in-person classes that take place in a classroom.

Students in their final semester that need less than full-time enrollment to complete their academic program requirements:

  • Must demonstrate on-campus presence through enrollment in at least 1 in-person course;
  • Can count at a maximum 3 credits of online/remote/distance education courses towards the credits needed to complete their academic program requirements in their final semester

Examples

  • If you are a graduate or an undergraduate student and need 4 credits to complete your program in your final semester, then you must have at least 1 credit of in-person enrollment and the remaining 3 credits required to complete your degree can be online courses.
  • If you are an undergraduate student and need 8 credits to complete your program in your final semester, then you must have at least 5 credits of in-person enrollment and the remaining 3 credits required to complete your degree can be online courses.

On-Campus Physical Presence Requirement

On-campus presence is required every fall and spring semester. It is also required in the summer if the summer term is your first or last semester. If you plan to graduate in the summer, you must maintain some level of on-campus presence by enrolling in on-campus credits.

Final Semester

Students in their final semester must demonstrate on-campus presence through enrollment in at least 1 in-person course even if Summer is their final semester.

Students that need less than full-time enrollment to complete their academic program requirements in their final semester must submit the Confirmation of Final Semester e-Form (available in MyISSS portal).

Students can count up to 3 credits of online/remote/distance education courses towards the credits needed to complete their academic program requirements in their final semester
•      If a student needs only 3 credits to complete their program, then at least 1 credit must be in-person

Enrolling in a Continuing Education Online Flexible Course

International students in F-1 and J-1 status are required to be fully enrolled in order to maintain F-1 and J-1 status. CE Online Flexible courses offered through Continuing Education (CE) may count toward a full course of study only if completed within the Continuing Education 6-month deadline (or within 8 months, if granted a * two-month extension by Continuing Education). International students in F-1 and J-1  status will need to seek ISSS approval prior to registering for a CE Online Flexible Course by submitting the CE Online Flexible Course Request e-form (available in MyISSS portal).                   

  1. In order to count toward full-time enrollment in a given semester, the grade for the CE Online Flexible course must post in the semester in which a student first registers for that course.
  2. If a CE Online Flexible course is dropped, the credits will not count toward that semester’s enrollment. Dropping a CE Online Flexible course could potentially result in retroactive under-enrollment which will result in the loss of F-1 or J-1 status. 
  3. *Extensions are not guaranteed. Check with Continuing Education for eligibility requirements. 

Please give careful consideration to the structure of a CE Online Flexible course prior to registering for one. If a student is using a CE Online Flexible course to meet the full-time enrollment requirement, it is imperative that the student complete the course in a timely manner. Failure to do so could result in loss of F-1 or J-1 status.

Incomplete (I) Grades

Getting a grade of I counts toward the full-time minimum requirements for enrollment purposes as long as the course is an on-campus course, thesis hour, independent study, or dissertation hour. Students who are considering taking an incomplete in a course through Continuing Education should speak with an ISSS advisor BEFORE taking an incomplete.

Exceptions to the Full-Time Enrollment Requirement

Less than a Full-Time Course Load Remaining

If it is your final semester and less than a full-time course load is required to complete your degree, you must submit a Confirmation of Final Semester e-Form (available in MyISSS portal).

Authorized Reduced Course Load

If you have a qualifying Academic or Medical reason, you may be eligible for an authorized reduced course load. Please consult ISSS if you have questions regarding eligibility requirements and do not drop courses without ISSS authorization.

Drop Advising Required Hold

Due to the full-time enrollment requirements for students in F-1 and J-1 status, a Drop Advising Required Hold is placed on the record of all international students’ in F-1 or J-1 status. The hold prevents students from dropping below a full course of study without prior permission from ISSS.

  • If students in F-1 or J-1 status wishes to drop a class after the ISSS hold is placed on their record, they will need to work with an ISSS advisor to have the hold removed.