International Students and Q-Drop: Deadline April 19, 2016

Posted on Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

With the Q-Drop deadline approaching, ISS would like to remind academic advisors that international students on F-1 and J-1 visas must be in full-time status at all times, or have received a Reduced Course Load (RCL) approval through ISS before Q-dropping.

As per Federal Regulations, dropping below hours without prior ISS approval will result in loss of immigration status. Students out of status may have to stop on-campus employment immediately and will not qualify for other immigration benefits such as off campus employment. It may take months for students to get back in status. 

Full-time course loads are (Fall and Spring semesters):

Undergraduate: 12 credits

Graduate: 9 credits


Please encourage your international students to verify with ISS before processing their Q-drop requests.

RCL guidelines and forms are available online at:


If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact International Student Services at  (Phone: 5-1824).


International Student Services