Extension to Degree Program

Extensions to Program

If you need time beyond the program end date listed on your I-20 to complete your academic program, you may request an extension to your program from an International Student Advisor. An extension of your I-20 must be completed before the end date listed on your Form I-20. If your I-20 expires and you have not completed your degree program, you will be considered in violation of your F-1 student status. The length of the extension is based on the recommendation from your academic/faculty adviser.

To request an extension

  • Inform your International Student Advisor at the Office of International Affairs (OIA).
  • Complete the Request for Program Extension Form and have your academic advisor sign and complete the section stating the compelling academic or medical reasons why you were not able to complete your degree within the average degree completion time.
  • Turn in the Request for Program Extension Form to OIA. If your request for an extension is approved, a new I-20 will be ready for you in three business days.