If you are not able to complete your program by the end date on your I-20 you will have to request a program extension from the I.S. Counselor and provide compelling academic reasons for needing it. The request to extend the program MUST be done prior to the end date on the I-20- extensions cannot be processed the day the program expires.
An F-1 student is eligible for program extension if:
A student who fails to complete his or her program within the time prescribed in item #5 of his or her I-20 and cannot meet the eligibility criteria for program extension is considered out of status and must apply for reinstatement to student status.