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International Frequently Asked Question

What if I cannot study full time due to a medical condition?

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). The student must provide a signed doctor's note stating they cannot study full time for the remainder of the quarter. After approval, the F-1 student is not required to enroll in any courses for the current quarter and will remain on a valid F-1 status. If the condition continues into the following quarter, the MRCL must be renewed by providing an updated doctor's note. The MRCL cannot exceed 12 months. You can learn more about a MRCL by visiting the DHS website, Study in the States.

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 a MRCL.