Many F-1 visa students encounter periods of financial difficulty at some point while completing their degree program. During these stressful times, there are some options for students to earn extra income and cut costs:
  • On-Campus Employment
  • Economic Hardship Work Permit (see below)
  • Pre-Completion OPT
  • Student Outreach Food and Supply Pantry (Hill Student Center, suite 303)
  • International Student Scholarships

Students struggling financially are always welcome to discuss their situation with ISSS staff. We are here to help and can discuss all options available.

Additional information


F-1 Economic Hardship


An F-1 student is eligible for off-campus employment if unforeseen circumstances beyond the student’s control occur that alter their financial condition. USCIS offers the following scenarios as examples of possible unforeseen circumstances that may qualify a student for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) based upon economic hardship:
  • Loss of financial assistance or on-campus employment without fault of the student
  • Substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate
  • Inordinate (not merely moderate) increases in tuition and/or living expenses
  • Unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student’s source of support
  • Any unexpected expenses, such as uninsured medical bills
  • Natural disaster

If you are interested in applying for an economic hardship EAD, please make an appointment with ISSS staff to discuss your personal financial situation.