Full Course of Study

F-1 Visa holding students must maintain a full course of study throughout his/her education. At Radford University an undergraduate full load is considered 12 credit hours, and a graduate full load is considered 9 credit hours. This must be maintained during the fall and spring semester. Failure to maintain a full course of study will result in a termination of your immigration status.


Immigration regulations dictate that a Reduced Course Load (RCL) Request must be authorized by the Radford University CGEE prior to dropping below full-time status. SEVIS limits the reasons for the ‘RCL’ and the duration of a RCL. If you have a medical condition that limits your ability to attend class, you must submit the RCL form with medical documentation from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or licensed clinical psychologist. If you have an academic concern or this is your final semester, please see your academic advisor to discuss your circumstance that might qualify you for the RCL and complete the RCL form. The following may be legitimate reasons for a reduced course load:

  • Illness or medical condition
  • Initial difficulty with English language
  • Initial difficulty with reading requirements
  • Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods
  • Improper course level placement
  • To complete course of study in current term
  • Part time border commuter student

To request a Reduced Course Load (RCL) complete the form below. Permission to drop below full-time must be approved in SEVIS first, then classes may be dropped at the Registrar's Office if your request is granted.

Reduced Course Load Request Form

Required fields are marked with an *.

Student Information



Please select one reason from medical or academic difficulty for requesting to drop enrollment below full-time (12 credits Undergraduate; 9 credits Graduate):


Please note: allowed for temporary illness or medical condition for a period of time not to exceed an aggregate of 12 months. Medical documentation is required from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or licensed clinical psychologist.

Academic Difficulty

Please note that a reduced course load under the academic difficulty allowance can only be granted once per program level. Full-course of study must be resumed in next available term. Course reduction requires at least 6 credit hours or 1/2 of full-time study and can only be granted once per program level.