Reduced Course Load Form for Last Semester

Who should complete this form?
Students in F-1 status MUST apply for a Last Semester of Study Reduced Course Load (RCL) in his/her last semester if fewer courses (less than full-time) are needed and required to complete the course of study.

When should I submit this form?
Students in F-1 status must apply to graduate BEFORE submitting this request

(Graduation Process: https://registrar.gmu.edu/students/graduation/process/)

  • Earliest date to request: August 2, 2021
  • Last date to request: September 7, 2021

What happens after I submit the request form?
When OIPS receives the Last Semester Reduced Course Load (RCL) request from you, we will do the following:

  • We will verify that you have filed your intent to graduate with the Office of the Registrar.
  • OIPS will shorten the program end date on your I-20 to indicate the last day of examination period as your expected date of completion. The I20 will also give you authorization to take less than a full course of study.

What is the processing time?
10-14 business days

Ready to Request Final Semester RCL?

Please answer the following questions:

  • Is Fall 2021 your final semester?
  • Have you applied to graduate?
  • Is today's date after Monday, August 2, 2021?
  • Is today's date before Tuesday, September 7, 2021?

If you answered "yes" to all the questions listed above, then you can go ahead and complete the form!  Click on the blue button to launch the form.