Reduced Course Load
Vacation Quarter: An F-1 student is eligible for a vacation
quarter inside the United States after being enrolled full-time and maintaining
status for three consecutive quarters. During a vacation quarter F-1 students
are eligible to remain inside the United States without registering for a full
course load. Students must submit their application for approval to the Center for International
Office (CIE) before the intended vacation quarter begins. If the student plans to
remain in the United States they must pay for their health insurance for that quarter
in order to continue their coverage.
Initial Academic Difficulty: A student experiencing academic difficulty
during their first quarter may be authorized to drop below a full course of
study on the basis of the following reasons:
Initial difficulties with
the English language
Initial difficulties with
Unfamiliarity with American
Improper course level
A reduced course load based
on initial academic difficulty must consist of at least six credit hours, or
half the clock hours required for a full course of study. Students must submit
a request for reduced course load along with an instructor’s signature to the CIE Office for approval before withdrawing from any classes.
Medical Leave: Students may be authorized to enroll less than
full-time or, if necessary, in no classes at all due to a temporary illness or
medical condition. Students must submit a request for reduced course load along
with letter from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed
clinical psychologist to the CIE Office for approval before withdrawing from any
Concurrent Enrollment: Students can enroll at another SEVP-approved
institution as long as their credit load equals full time and the majority of
credits is taken at South Seattle College. Students must submit a
request for reduced course load along with a copy of their registration from
the other institution to the CIE Office for approval.
Students attending North
Seattle College or Seattle Central College will not need to
submit a copy of their class registration and grades. If a student attends any
other SEVP Approved institution they must submit a copy of their class
registration with their application for reduced course load and their grades at
the end of the quarter.
Final Quarter of Study: A Student in their
final quarter of study that requires less than 12 credit hours to graduate is
eligible for a reduced course load. Students must apply for graduation and
submit a reduced course load form to the CIE Office for approval.