Reduced Course Load (RCL) Request Form
Due to Academic Difficulty-Form A
F-1 Students Only
Students with an F-1 visa are required to be registered as a full-time (9 credit hour) every term. Failure to register and
maintain full-time enrollment will result in the termination of your F-1 visa. A student may not drop or withdraw from a
course until authorized to do so by ISO, as this may result in direct violation of the F-1 visa regulation. Authorization is
not automatic and not every student is eligible for a reduced course load.
First Term Academic Difficulties – Students who are in their first academic program in the United States may be
authorized for a RCL due to academic difficulties and must consist of at least 6 credit hours. Immigration
regulations specify four academic difficulty reasons for which a reduce course load may be approved:
Initial difficulties with the English language
English difficulty with reading requirements
Unfamiliarity with U.S. teaching methods
Improper course level placement
1. Meet with an International Student Advisor to determine your eligibility for a reduced course load.
2. Complete the student section of the RCL request form and have the faculty complete the faculty authorization section.
3. Submit your form to the Faculty/Academic Advisor for review.
4. If your request is approved, you will receive an email from the Office of the University Registrar stating you are
eligible to drop/withdrawal the appropriate course.
Indicate the term and year for which you are requesting a reduced course load:
Spring Summer Fall Year:
Indicate the number of credits you will be taking during the reduced course load: __________
(Students requesting a RCL must still be enrolled in at least 6 units)
I have read and understand the conditions for an academic reduced course load from the University as stated on
this form. I understand that I am responsible for all academic and financial bearings that will result in my
drop/withdrawal of the course(s).
Student Signature Date
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