Maintaining Student Status

The term "status" refers to requirements that you must meet since you were given permission to enter and study in the US. Your visa and your I-94 note the classification of your F-1 or J-1 student status but it is your Form I-20 or DS-2019 that gives a duration to your status. Your first responsibility is to be a student. You should not do anything that takes away from that purpose.

Contact your DSO
  • Check-in and have Orientation as a new student.
  • Report in at the start every semester.
  • Read your UNA email.
  • Enroll, attend and pass all your classes.
    • This is called "normal progress." You have a certain amount of time on your I-20 or DS-2019 to finish your degree. You must make progress each semester in order to be finished with your degree before your I-20 or DS-2019 is finished.
  • You must take a full course of study each semester: 10 classes for ESL, 12 credit hours for Bachelor's, 9 credit hours for Master's.
    • Online classes: Bachelor's students must have 9 credit hours of face-to-face classes. Additional classes may be online. Master's students must have 6 credit hours face-to-face. Additional classes may be online.
  • When you request to drop a class, the UNA Registrar will contact us for approval.
  • If your Program End Date is near and you aren't finished with your degree, talk with Sarah Stevens as soon as possible to request an extension.

Do not work without authorization. If you want to work in the United States, talk with your DSO about your options. If you choose to work without authorization, your I-20 will be terminated and you will have to leave the United States within 15 days.

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