International Frequently Asked Question
What if I cannot study full time due to a medical condition?
Medical Reduced Course Load
A student on a valid F-1 status who is suffering from an illness or medical condition that prevents them from completing a full course of study may apply for a medical reduced course load (MRCL).
How to Qualify for MRCL
- The student must provide a signed doctor's note stating they cannot study full-time for the remainder of the quarter.
- Medical documentation must be current (no older than three months).
- The documentation must be signed by a U.S.-based medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist.
After approval, the F-1 student is able to remain on valid F-1 status by meeting the unit requirement as outlined in their Medical RCL.
- If the condition continues into the following quarter, the student must renew the MRCL by providing an updated doctor's note.
- The MRCL cannot exceed 12 months.
Please note this is a benefit only eligible to a student on a valid F-1 status. If you have a change of status pending to F-1, you may not qualify for an MRCL.
You can learn more about an MRCL by visiting the Department of Homeland Security website, Study in the States.