I have completed all of my academic program requirements except for a 3-credit class which is offered as an online course. My DSO said that I could apply for …

…  and obtain authorization to drop below the full course load in the last semester if I do not need to be enrolled full time in order to graduate. I plan to move in with my sister who lives in a different state during my last semester and take my last class requirement online to save money. Am I permitted to do so to maintain my F-1 student status?


It is correct that you can drop below the full course load in your last semester with your DSO’s authorization. However, you are not permitted to complete your remaining course requirements online only. Physical attendance is required during each term of your enrollment. (11.Oct.2013)

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