Severe Economic Hardship

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) defines “severe economic hardship” as a financial condition caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the
student’s control that make it difficult for a student to continue education in the United States.

These financial conditions may include:

  • Loss of financial aid or on-campus employment through no fault of the student.
  • Substantial changes in the exchange rate or value of the currency upon which the student depends.
  • Inordinate increases in tuition or living costs.
  • Unexpected changes in the financial state of the student’s source of support.
  • Medical bills.
  • Other substantial and unexpected expenses.


  • The employment authorization is automatically terminated whenever you fail to maintain immigration status;
  • Authorization to engage in practical training employment is automatically terminated when you transfer to another school or begins study at another educational level;
  • Post office does not forward mail form US CIS so please make sure you list the correct address on the application. 
For more information, please visit USCIS' website.

If you have already started an application, do not start a new one. Please go to your User Home Page to continue working on your application.