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Applying for Severe Economic Hardship

Students on F-1 visas may work off-campus under a "severe economic hardship: exemption." This is defined as a situation that is unforeseen and beyond the student's control. Examples are loss of financial aid or on-campus employment that is not the student's fault, a significant devaluation of the student's home currency, inordinate increases in tuition, or unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student's main source of support.


A student meets eligibility based on severe economic hardship as follows:

  1. is in good academic standing and is taking a full course load.
  2. can demonstrate unforeseen severe economic hardship.
  3. employment is not available or is insufficient on-campus.
  4. has been in F-1 status for one full academic year.
  5. employment will not interfere with the studies.