A program extension is an extension of the Form I-20 program end date. Deadlines for program extension are generally 30 days before the end of the semester when your I-20 expires. Please check your CCSF email for reminders of upcoming program extension deadlines for every semester.


How to Request an Extension

To request a program extension, please complete the Program Extension Form and Financial Support Form and submit them to the Office of International Programs at international@ccsf.edu along with a recent bank statement. You will notice that the program extension form must also be signed off by an academic counselor, and must be accompanied by an updated educational plan (ed plan). To meet with a counselor, please visit the Counseling website


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be in good academic standing (GPA 2.0 or above)
  • Must be in good immigration standing (active F-1 status)
  • Must have been making progress towards program completion

Other requirements not listed above may also apply.


Program Extension Approval

Program extensions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions about extending your program, please come to Cloud Hall 212 and ask to speak with a DSO about your particular situation, or email international@ccsf.edu 

Sample reasons why students may request an extension

The following is a list of examples of a situation that do may qualify for an extension. Other situations not detailed above may also apply.

  • Change of major
  • Classes required by major not offered
  • Changes to degree / program requirements that require additional coursework
  • Medical reasons that delayed studies

Situations that generally do not qualify for an extension

The following is a list of examples of a situation that generally do not qualify for an extension. Other situations not detailed below may also apply.

  • Academic probation without qualifying life event
    • Qualifying life events include student illness (mental or physical); serious illness or death in the family; other serious life events outside the student's control
  • Students who have not made sufficient progress towards program completion (by not taking the required courses to complete their program listed on their I-20)
  • Students who have already completed their program of study and then change their mind about transferring, returning to their home country, or applying for OPT
  • Students whose "Program End Date" has already passed