Severe Economic Hardship

You can apply for severe economic hardship if an unexpected, severe economic circumstance should arise, i.e. sponsor loses job, you lose your assistantship, currency rates drop dramatically, etc. Authorization is for part-time (20 hrs/wk) during school year or full-time during periods of vacation, and does not have to be related to your field of study. You must be in valid F-1 status for one full academic year before you are eligible to apply.

Although many students find the severe economic hardship employment option appealing at first, it does have certain hurdles that may make it less desirable.  The cost of the application is $410 and needs to be renewed and paid for each year of authorization needed. The application process can take up to 3 months to be processed, during which time a student may not work.

ISSS encourages you to make an appointment with an advisor or staff member if you are facing economic hardship or cannot pay your tuition bill.  We are here to help and explore the best options available to you.