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Economic Hardship

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) defines “severe economic hardship” as a financial condition caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student’s control that make it difficult for a student to continue education in the United States [8 CFR 214.2(f)(9)(ii)].

These financial conditions may include:
  • Loss of financial aid or on-campus employment through no fault of the student.
  • Substantial changes in the exchange rate or value of the currency upon which the student depends.
  • Inordinate increases in tuition or living costs.
  • Unexpected changes in the financial state of the student’s source of support.
  • Medical bills.
  • Other substantial and unexpected expenses.
To request Off-Campus Employment authorization due to severe economic hardship, you must schedule an on-campus appointment with an International Student Advisor at Prescott to review your eligibility. If eligible, they will provide you with access to the required forms.