Part-Time Attendance Policy for Students in F-1 Nonimmigrant Status

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requires schools to report the number of credits F-1 students enroll in each semester. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations require students in F-1 nonimmigrant status to attend college on a full-time basis and define that for undergraduate students as at least 12 required credit hours per semester. 

Part-time enrollment is only allowed:

  • for the final semester when students have no sequences and fewer than 12 credits to complete; 

  • for a documented medical condition; or

  • for annual vacation (and the student must meet Berklee College of Music's part-time enrollment criteria).