There are limited exceptions for enrolling in a full course of study. Contact OISP to determine if these circumstances may apply to you.
You may be able to enroll in courses at other SEVP-approved institutions while enrolled at Franklin University, as long as the combined enrollment amounts to a full course of study. The majority of your courses must be at Franklin University. Proof of continued enrollment at the other institution must be submitted at the beginning of each term. Please note: if you are planning to attend Franklin temporarily as a transient student while maintaining your SEVIS record at your home institution, we ask that you complete F-1 Transient Student form.
Authorized Reduced Course Load (RCL)
If you have are in your final term, are having academic difficulties, or have medical diagnosis that impacts your studies, submit an RCL Request form and required documentation to OISP to be considered for this authorization to enroll in a less-than-full-time course load. Please note that an authorized reduced course load may impact eligibility for certain F-1 benefits, such as optional practical training. Be sure to discuss your plans with OISP.
Authorized Early Withdrawal
You are allowed to leave the U.S. prior to the completion of your studies. If approved for authorized early withdrawal by OISP, your SEVIS record will be terminated with the anticipation of reactivating it. Submit an Authorized Early Withdrawal request to OISP, and we'll be happy to discuss approval requirements, returning to the US, and other details.
If you are planning to transfer to another SEVIS-approved school, submit the Transfer Out form with a copy of your new school's acceptance letter, and we'll help you with this process. If you're unable to transfer before our reporting deadline, we can still transfer your record in Terminated status to your new school after you are accepted. Be sure to ask your new school if they want you to transfer your terminated record or start with a new initial I-20.