Extensions

Eligibility for a program extension

A student in F-1 or J-1 status is eligible for a program extension if they are in good academic standing at the University of Maine and if they have made regular progress toward earning their degree.

Your application for an F-1 or J-1 Program Extension must be made to the Office of International Programs prior to the expiration of your current Form I-20 for Form DS-2019, preferably during the 60 day period prior to the expiration of your current Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.  Failure to request a program extension will result in a violation of your immigration status.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES :

  • Obtain a letter requesting an extension of your program from your Academic Advisor (Sample Advisor Letter)
  • Gather financial documents to show you have sufficient funds for the entire extended period or 12 months, whichever is the shorter period of time. A new I-20 or DS-2019 cannot be issued without updated financial documents.  Financial documents must be dated within the last 12 months, and might include one or more of the following:
    • letter showing proof of assistantship or scholarship
    • official bank statement or letter showing account balance
    • affidavit of support if the bank statement is not in your name (Affidavit of support)

Below is a chart showing estimated expenses for one semester, and based on various number of credits needed.

Estimated expenses for one semester (4 mo), for program extensions
Undergraduate 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits 12 credits 15 credits
Tuition and Fees $3,005.00 $6,186.00 $8,982.00 $12,345.00 $15,141.00
Living Expenses $5,768.00 $5,768.00 $5,768.00 $5,768.00 $5,768.00
Other $1,768.00 $1,768.00 $1,768.00 $1,768.00 $1,768.00
TOTAL $10,541.00 $13,722.00 $16,518.00 $19,881.00 $22,677.00
Undergraduate, Canadian 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits 12 credits 15 credits
Tuition and Fees $1,583.00 $3,342.00 $4,716.00 $6,657.00 $8,031.00
Living Expenses $5,768.00 $5,768.00 $5,768.00 $5,768.00 $5,768.00
Other $1,768.00 $1,768.00 $1,768.00 $1,768.00 $1,768.00
TOTAL $9,119.00 $10,878.00 $12,252.00 $14,193.00 $15,567.00
Graduate 1 Credit 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits
Tuition and Fees $1,659.00 $4,453.00 $8,976.00 $13,167.00
Living Expenses $3,098.00 $3,098.00 $3,098.00 $3,098.00
Other $1,468.00 $1,468.00 $1,468.00 $1,468.00
TOTAL $6,225.00 $9,019.00 $13,542.00 $17,733.00
Graduate, Canadian 1 Credit 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits
Tuition and Fees $948.00 $2,320.00 $4,710.00 $6,768.00
Living Expenses $3,098.00 $3,098.00 $3,098.00 $3,098.00
Other $1,468.00 $1,468.00 $1,468.00 $1,468.00
TOTAL $5,514.00 $6,886.00 $9,276.00 $11,334.00
Intensive English Institute 1 session 2 sessions 3 sessions 4 sessions
Tuition and Fees $2,409.00 $4,976.00 $7,385.00 $9,952.00
Living Expenses $2,834.00 $5,668.00 $8,502.00 $11,336.00
Other $239.00 $478.00 $717.00 $956.00
TOTAL $5,482.00 $11,122.00 $16,604.00 $22,244.00
Maine Bridge Undergrad Grad
Tuition and Fees $8,395.00 $6,862.00
Living Expenses $5,601.00 $3,098.00
Other $1,334.00 $1,034.00
TOTAL $15,330.00 $10,994.00

◊  Submit your advisor letter and financial documents to OIP (drop off at the front desk in 240 Estabrooke Hall).  If all is in order, your request will be processed and a new I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued; you will be notified by email when it is ready for pick up.