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   $3,075.00   $6,328.00   $9,187.00 $12,626.00 $15,485.00
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 $10,677.00 $13,930.00 $16,789.00 $20,228.00 $23,087.00
Undergraduate, Canadian 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits 12 credits 15 credits
Tuition and Fees $1,623.00   $3,424.00   $4,831.00   $6,818.00   $8,225.00
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 $9,225.00 $11,026.00 $12,433.00 $14,420.00 $15,827.00
Graduate 1 Credit 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits
Tuition and Fees $1,691.00 $4,551.00   $9,182.00 $13,472.00
Living Expenses $3,141.00 $3,141.00   $3,141.00   $3,141.00
Other $1,393.00 $1,393.00   $1,393.00   $1,393.00
TOTAL $6,225.00 $9,085.00 $13,716.00 $18,006.00
Graduate, Canadian 1 Credit 3 credits 6 credits 9 credits
Tuition and Fees    $963.00 $2,367.00 $4,814.00   $6,920.00
Living Expenses $3,141.00 $3,141.00 $3,141.00   $3,141.00
Other $1,393.00 $1,393.00 $1,393.00   $1,393.00
TOTAL $5,497.00 $6,901.00 $9,348.00 $11,454.00
Intensive English Institute 1 session 2 sessions 3 sessions 4 sessions
Tuition and Fees $2,416.00 $5,010.00   $7,426.00 $10,020.00
Living Expenses $2,905.00 $5,809.00   $8,714.00 $11,618.00
Other    $388.00    $776.00   $1,164.00   $1,552.00
TOTAL $5,709.00 $11,595.00 $17,304.00 $23,190.00
Maine Bridge Undergrad Grad
Tuition and Fees   $8,295.00   $6,547.00
Living Expenses   $5,909.00   $3,141.00
Other   $1,693.00   $1,393.00
TOTAL $15,897.00 $11,081.00

◊  Submit your advisor letter and financial documents to OIP (drop off at the front desk in 240 Estabrooke 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.