Program Extension

If you are unable to complete your program of study by the estimated completion date on your I-20/DS-2019 form, you must request and receive a new document from the International Programs Office (IPO) prior to the expiration of your current document. Failure to comply with deadlines may result in the loss of legal F-1 or J-1 student status. Contact IPO with questions.

Conditions and Limitations for a Program Extension

  1. You may apply for an extension of your program if all of the following apply:
    1. The expected completion of studies date on your I-20/DS-2019 has not passed.
    2. You are currently in lawful F-1 or J-1 status.
    3. The delay in completing program requirements has been caused by compelling academic reasons (such as a change of major or research topic or due to unexpected research problems), or compelling and documented medical reasons. Delays caused by failing, dropping classes, academic probation or suspension are NOT allowable reasons for extension of a program of study.
  2. You must apply for an extension prior to the end date on your I-20/DS-2019. Submit this request at least 30 days before your completion date to allow time to complete your request. Extension requests will not be accepted more than one semester before your current program end date.
  3. Failure to apply for an extension on time may result in the loss of your F-1/J-1 status and eligibility to apply for benefits provided to nonimmigrant students. For example, you may not be eligible for any type of employment (even on-campus employment through a scholarship, fellowship or assistantship) or to apply for a school transfer, practical/academic training or other benefits.

If you do not meet the requirements for an extension listed above, you may need to apply for reinstatement to lawful F-1 or J-1 status. In this case, you must consult with IPO.

Request for a Program Extension

Provided you meet all requirements, follow the steps below to apply for a program extension:

STEP 1: Be Informed. Read this handout thoroughly and carefully.

STEP 2: Receive your Academic Advisor’s Recommendation for a program extension.

STEP 3: Obtain Proof of Financial Support. Submit proof of financial support to cover the remainder of time you will need to complete your program. Financial support includes tuition and living expenses for you and any dependents in F-2/J-2 status. If you are funded by another source, submit a letter of support from your sponsor with original financial documents, such as original bank letters showing that the funds are available. Financial documents must be in English, state the account holder’s name, type of currency and be dated within 6 months.

Student Type Expense Cost
Costs Associated with Attending YSU Plus Adding Spouse or Child



Room & Board

Books, Fees & Health Insurance




$ 3,078




Living Expenses

Books, Supplies, Fees, & Health Insurance




$ 3,078


Dependents (if applicable)





STEP 4: Submit an Extension Request to IPO. Submit the completed Program Extension Form* along with supporting financial support documents to IPO. If IPO determines that you are eligible for a program extension, a new I-20/DS-2019 will be processed within 3 business days.