Extending F-1 Status

As an F-1 student, you are expected to complete your studies by the program end date found in the ‘Program of Study’ panel on page 1 of your Form I-20. The program end date was provided by your MUSC degree program as the expected date of completion for your particular degree program.

If you will not complete your academic program by this date, you must apply for an extension of your program. To be eligible for an extension, the following conditions apply:

  • You have continually maintained F-1 status
  • The delay is caused by compelling academic or medical reasons (such as a change of major, change of research topic, unexpected research problems, or a documented illness)
  • Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for a program extension

Proof of financial support must be provided for the entire duration of the requested extension period. The financial support must cover tuition cost, living expenses, dependent expenses (if applicable), and any other expenses related to your program. You must provide certified financial documentation (such as a bank statement). If you will receive any funding from MUSC for the period of the extension, you must obtain a letter from your college (on letterhead) indicating the amount and duration of funding from MUSC.

F-1 extension applications are submitted through your Terra Dotta portal. You must submit the extension application at least three (3) weeks prior to your I-20 program end date. Request a program extension.

The maximum extension allowed is one year at a time. If you think you will need more than a one-year extension, you must submit a new extension application the following year.