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)
  • J-1 students only: submit an extension request form
  • 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)
  • Submit your advisor letter and financial documents to OIP (drop off at the front desk in 300 Stodder Hall or send via email to umaineimmigration@maine.edu).  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.

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 15credits
Tuition and Fees    $3,345   $6,758   $10,103 $13,448 $16,793
Living Expenses    $6,337   $6,337     $6,337   $6,337   $6,337
Other    $1,693   $1,693     $1,693   $1,693   $1,693
TOTAL $11,375 $14,788  $18,133 $21,478 $24,823
Undergraduate, Canadian 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits 12 credits 15 credits
Tuition and Fees   $1,185    $2,438   $3,623   $4,808   $5,993
Living Expenses   $6,337    $6,337   $6,337   $6,337   $6,337
Other   $1,693    $1,693   $1,693   $1,693   $1,693
TOTAL   $9,215 $10,468 $11,653 $12,838 $14,023
Graduate 1 Credit 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits
Tuition and Fees   $1,690    $4,936    $9,855 $14,745
Living Expenses   $3,284    $3,284    $3,284   $3,284
Other      $996       $996       $996       $996
TOTAL   $5,970    $9,216  $14,135  $19,025
Graduate, Canadian 1 Credit 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits
Tuition and Fees      $608    $1,690   $3,363    $5,007
Living Expenses   $3,284    $3,284   $3,284    $3,284
Other      $996       $996      $996       $996
TOTAL   $4,888    $5,970   $7,643    $9,287
Intensive English Institute 1 session 2 sessions 3 sessions 4 sessions
Tuition and Fees    $2,651     $5,301     $7,952   $10,602
Living Expenses    $3,118    $6,236     $9,354   $12,472
Other       $350       $694     $1,050     $1,400
TOTAL   $6,119 $12,237   $18,356   $24,474
Maine Bridge Undergrad     Grad
Tuition and Fees      $9,409     $7,601
Living Expenses      $6,337     $3,284
Other      $1,693        $996
TOTAL   $17,439   $11,881