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Medical Reduced Course Load

As an F-1 student, maintaining full-time enrollment is a requirement to stay in status.

However, sometimes an unforeseen medical issue may prevent you from enrolling full-time. Your health is the most important thing. Immigration regulations can make allowances for these types of health-related problems. F-1 students can be granted a maximum of 12 months of a medical reduced course load. Because of the semester lengths, this means that MSU Denver students can be granted up to 2 semesters maximum. Medical reduced course loads are granted on a semester-by-semester basis.

What is a reduced course load?

A reduced course load allows you to enroll less-than full time and still maintain your immigration status.

In order to apply for a medical reduced course load, you need to submit the following documents to an international student advisor:

  • Medical Reduced Course Load Application
  • A Doctor's Note that states you cannot enroll full-time and provides an explanation. This Doctor's Note must be from a Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, or a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. (We cannot accept documentation from Licensed Professional Counselors.)

Your Medical Reduced Course Load Application should be submitted at the beginning of the semester, before the Add/Drop Date.

Once your application is submitted, the International Student Support Coordinator will review your application and follow up with you. If you have specific questions, please contact International Student Support.


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