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Program Extension

Program Extension

Your initial FDU I-20 / DS-2019 was based on the anticipated dates of your program. Your anticipated completion date can change for many reasons—students may change majors or programs. This is normal in academia. If you need additional time to complete your studies,  ISS can advise you on your options and the required paperwork.


Your Program Completion/End Date
If you are in F or J status, your most recent US entry stamp will be noted with “D/S” (duration of status), as your program limits are determined by the dates of your designated program at FDU. Therefore, you will also need your I-20 / DS-2019 document to determine your current program completion date:
  • The F-1 expected program completion date can be found in item #5 of your Form I-20, just after the phrase “and complete studies no later than”.
  • The J-1 expected program end date can be found in Section 3 of your Form DS-2019, where the beginning and end dates of your exchange visitor program are noted.

If you will be unable to complete your program prior to the date indicated on your I-20 / DS-2019, you will need to contact  ISS at least one month before your current document’s completion date to request a program extension. 

To request a program extension, please review the Program Extension Checklist below; complete and compile all required information, including:

  • Program Extension Application — page 2 must be completed and signed by your academic advisor.
  • Proof of sufficient funds—must document adequate funds to meet the tuition, fees, and cost-of-living expenses for the extension period you are requesting. If the funding is your own, you need only submit a bank letter or statement verifying funds. If you are sponsored (e.g., by your parents), your sponsor will need to provide their bank documentation, plus a letter of financial support that verifies they will provide funding for your tuition/fees and living expenses while you are at FDU. All financial documents must be originals, signed and dated, written in English, and show currency amounts listed in US dollars.

Your ISS advisor will review the application materials and determine whether or not you are eligible for the requested program extension. If you are eligible an updated Form I-20 will be issued for you and any dependents in F-2/J-2 status.

► Program Extension Application: F1_Program Ext.pdf