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   $3,152.00   $6,486.00   $9,417.00 $12,943.00 $15,874.00
Living Expenses   $5,909.00   $5,909.00   $5,909.00   $5,909.00   $5,909.00
Other   $1,693.00   $1,693.00   $1,693.00   $1,693.00   $1,693.00
TOTAL $10,754.00 $14,088.00 $17,019.00 $20,545.00 $23,476.00
Undergraduate, Canadian 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits 12 credits 15 credits
Tuition and Fees $1,706.00   $3,594.00   $5,079.00   $7,159.00   $8,644.00
Living Expenses $5,909.00   $5,909.00   $5,909.00   $5,909.00   $5,909.00
Other $1,693.00   $1,693.00   $1,693.00   $1,693.00   $1,693.00
TOTAL $9,308.00 $11,196.00 $12,681.00 $14,761.00 $16,246.00
Graduate 1 Credit 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits
Tuition and Fees $1,742.00 $4,674.00   $9,422.00 $13,820.00
Living Expenses $3,182.00 $3,182.00   $3,182.00   $3,182.00
Other $1,393.00 $1,393.00   $1,393.00   $1,393.00
TOTAL $6,317.00 $9,249.00 $13,997.00 $18,395.00
Graduate, Canadian 1 Credit 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits
Tuition and Fees $1,019.00 $2,505.00 $5,084.00   $7,313.00
Living Expenses $3,182.00 $3,182.00 $3,182.00   $3,182.00
Other $1,393.00 $1,393.00 $1,393.00   $1,393.00
TOTAL $5,594.00 $7,080.00 $9,659.00 $11,888.00
Intensive English Institute 1 session 2 sessions 3 sessions 4 sessions
Tuition and Fees $2,421.00 $5,024.00   $7,445.00 $10,048.00
Living Expenses $2,966.00 $5,933.00   $8,899.00 $11,866.00
Other    $596.00   $1,192.00   $1,788.00   $2,384.00
TOTAL $5,983.00 $12,149.00 $18,132.00 $24,298.00
Maine Bridge Undergrad Grad
Tuition and Fees   $8,907.00   $7,095.00
Living Expenses   $5,909.00   $3,182.00
Other   $1,693.00   $1,393.00
TOTAL $16,509.00 $11,670.00

◊  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.