Reduce Course Load Graduate

Final Semester Request for Reduced Course Load

Graduate students may request a reduced course load for their final semester if they need fewer than 9 credits to complete their academic program.  In order to request the reduced course load, the student must submit the following:

  • A letter from his/her advisor (the advisor can use the text below as a template)
  • Advancement to Candidacy form

The request must be received by UAF International Programs & Initiatives before the first day of classes of the semester for which the course reduction is being requested.

Reduced course loads will only be granted for students in the final semester of their programs, unless an exceptional situation can be documented.  If you believe you need a reduced course load for any semester other than your final, please schedule an appointment with Reija Shnoro to discuss your options before submitting a request for a reduced course load.

Request for Reduced Course Load

Letter for graduate students

Print on appropriate UAF letterhead



Current date

To: Reija Shnoro, Senior Student Immigration Advisor

From: Faculty Advisor's Name

Re: Request for Reduced Course load:  Graduate Student

Name of student:

Academic program (major):

Level (mark one): MA_______ MS_______ PhD_______

First semester of UAF attendance: Fall____ Spring____ Summer____ Year_____

Current I-20 program end date:

Project or Thesis defense required: Yes_____ No_____ 
If yes, anticipated date of defense :_ ___________

Comprehensive examination required: Yes____ No____ 
If Yes, comprehensive exam taken: Passed____ Not passed____  Not  taken yet____

If not taken, will be taken in conjunction with defense: Yes____ No____ 
If No, when will exam be taken:

Anticipated semester of program completion: Fall____ Spring____ Summer____ Year_____

The above-named student is in good standing and making normal and satisfactory progress towards the completion of his or her academic program. I request the above-named student be authorized reduced course load for the above designated semester as he or she will be completing the academic degree program during that semester.


Signed: __________________________________


Note:  This letter must be submitted to International Programs and Initiatives with a copy of the student's Advancement to Candidacy before Reduced Course Load Authorization is approved.