Academic Related

Change of Majors 

Students that may want to change majors should complete the change of major form and submit it to the International Student Services Office for approval.

Note: All sections must be completed and returned to the Graduate & International Admissions Office before:

  1. The change of major can be entered into Banner;
  2. An official acceptance letter issued;  
  3. A SEVIS Form I-20 must be issued indicating the change of major (for international students only).

Graduate: Graduate Studies - Change of major Application Form

Undergraduate: Application Form

Reduced Course Load Form

Application Form

International students in F-1 and J-1 status is required to enroll full time during the fall and spring semester to maintain their status while in the US.  Students who wish to enroll less than full time must first receive approval from the DSO or RO by completing the Reduced Course Load form and submitting it to the International Student Service Office (ISSO).

If the student qualify for a reduction to his/her course load, the DSO/RO will update the SEVIS record and issue a revised SEVIS I-20.   If the student drop below full-time enrollment prior to receiving authorization, he/she will be consider out-of-status and the DSO /RO is required to update the SEVIS record to indicate the violation.

Definition of Full Time Enrollment

Full time enrollment for the graduate student is 9 hours while undergraduate students are required to enroll in a total of 12 hours for full time enrollment.

Exceptions to the full-course of study requirements

Federal regulations limit the reasons for which an RCL can be granted to 7 choices. The student must qualify for one of the reasons listed to receive the RCL approval.

  • Illness or Medical Condition
  • Initial Difficulty with English Language
  • Initial Difficulty with Reading Requirements
  • Unfamiliarity with American Teaching Methods
  • Improper Course Level Placement
  • To Complete Course of Study in Current Term
  • Part Time Border Commuter Student

Program Level Changes

Students requesting a program level change should either submit the change of major form and/or apply to the specific academic program and be admitted by Lamar University.

Upon approval, a valid financial statement and affidavit of support will be required for submission to the International Student Services Office prior to updating the SEVIS record.

Health Insurance 

All International students are required to have health insurance for the duration of their stay in the United States.  Lamar University requires international students to purchase the university student plan.  Our goal is to guarantee adequate health insurance coverage for students and their dependents inside the US. 

All registered International students taking one (1) or more credit hours are required to participate in the insurance plan on a mandatory basis.  The health insurance fee will be added to the student account and must be paid along with tuition and fees for the fall and spring semester.

Exception to this policy:

  • Students employed as Graduate/Research/Teaching Assistant and elect to be covered by the State Health Insurance benefits plan.  Students are not permitted to register for any semester without proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Recipients of a scholarship from the Government of Saudi Arabia that include health coverage.  Health insurance requirement will be waived for the length of the scholarship. Once the scholarship expires, students are required to submit an updated financial guarantee indicating a new expiration date or purchase the health insurance with LU’s health insurance program.

Health Insurance Dependent Agreement: F-2 dependents will no longer be required to purchase health insurance coverage with Lamar University’s (LU) current health insurance provider, Academic Health Plans (AHP). For more information, click on the form below

Health Insurance Dependent Agreement Form

Please refer to the following link: https://www.lamar.edu/students/student-engagement/student-health-center/index.html 

In addition, dependents are not eligible to receive medical services from the Lamar University Student Health Center.

Program Extension for F-1/J-1

An F-1/J-1 student who is admitted for duration of status is not required to apply for an extension of stays as long as the student is maintaining status and making normal progress toward completing his or her educational objective. An F-1/J-1 student who is currently maintaining status and making normal progress toward completing his or her educational objective, but who is unable to complete his or her course of study by the program end date on the Form I-20/DS-2019, must apply for a program extension pursuant to paragraph (f) (7) (iii) of this section.

An F-1/J-1 student who is unable to meet the program completion date on the Form I-20/DS-2019 may be granted an extension by the Designated School Official (DSO) if the DSO certifies that the student has continually maintained status and that the delay are caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as changes of major or research topics, unexpected research problems, or documented illness. Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extensions.

NOTE: A DSO may not grant  an extension if the student did not  apply for an extension until after the program end date noted on the Form I-20/DS-2019. An F-1/J-1 student who is unable to complete the educational program within the time listed on Form I-20 or DS-2019 and who is ineligible for program extension pursuant to this paragraph (f) (7) is considered out of status. If eligible, the student may apply for reinstatement under the provisions of paragraph (f) (16) of this section.

FINAL RULE: The final rule eliminates the prior rule’s “30-day” period of favor of an open period for requesting program extensions, provided that the request for extension is made and granted prior to the program end date on Form I-20/DS-2019. The final rule specifies that a student must apply for a program extension before the end date on Form I-20/DS-2019.

PROCEDURE AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:

  • Program Extension Biographical Application
  • Current Form I-20/DS-2019
  • Passport
  • I-94 Arrival/ Departure Card
  • Financial Statement – must be an original currently dated document showing US dollars          

Graduate:                  $25,946.00
Undergraduate:       $28,146.00

NOTE: If your dependents are with you in the US, an additional $4,080.00 for the spouse and $2,296.00 for each child is required in addition to the above amounts. All the above tuition fees are subjected to change. Please click here for more information.

  • Written documentation from your academic advisor (or department chair) which verifies the reasons for the delay and includes a new date for completion of studies.