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Economic Hardship


Students must have completed two semesters of classes before they may apply for permission to work off-campus due to severe economic hardship.  If permission is granted, employment is limited to 20 hours per week when school is in session and full time during holidays or school vacation. 

The following documents are required:

  • Unofficial transcript from myUK
  • Completed Request for Work Authorization Due to Severe Economic Hardship form (pdf)
  • I-765 form - Item #16, use the code: (C) (3) (iii)
  • Check or money order made out to “Department of Homeland Security” for filing fee
  • Copies of all I-20 forms issued to you
  • Copy of I-94 Card (front and back)
  • Copy of ID pages from passport and visa
  • Two photographs

Lightly print in pencil your name and I-94 Departure number on back of photos and place in small envelope.  Suggestion:  Johnny Print - 561 S. Limestone - Phone: 254.6139

Guidelines for photos (passport style):

taken within past 6 months
plain white or off-white background – 2x2 inches in size
unmounted, printed on glossy, un-retouched paper – color print
head positioned directly facing the camera; eyes open,looking at camera; eyeglasses worn if normally used
photo from slightly above top of hair to middle of chest – height of head should measure 1 to1 3/8 inches
head should be bare unless wearing a headdress required by a religious order to which you belong
Letter (“To Whom It May Concern”) explaining your financial situation and showing the need for this employment based upon severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond your control.  (These must be substantiated by supporting documentation.)  Include your budget vs. your expenses:

Budgeted Income per month                                               Actual Expenses per month

Savings                                   $___________                        Tuition/Fees             $____________

Part-time job                            $___________                        Rent/Utilities            $____________

Parent/Guardian                     $___________                        Food                          $____________

All Scholarships                      $___________                        Books/Supplies       $____________

Other Sources                         $___________                        Miscellaneous         $___________       

Total                                          $___________                        Total                          $___________