Student Handbook

Work Authorization Based on Economic Hardship

Work authorization based on economic hardship is a temporary, part-time work authorization granted for up to one year. This enables student’s time to resolve financial problems without having to withdraw from their studies. Students are not eligible for work authorization based on economic hardship unless they have completed three (3) consecutive terms of study in active status and are in good academic standing as determined by the DSO. USCIS will determine a student’s eligibility on a case by case basis, and students must submit a Form I-765, “Application for Employment Authorization” and request approval for new form I-20. Additional information regarding off-campus employment is available at