**Please note that COVID-19 is not a reason in itself to apply for Economic Hardship.**
An eligible F-1 student may request off-campus employment work authorization based upon severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student's control. These circumstances may include loss of financial aid or on-campus employment without fault on the part of the student, substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate, inordinate increases in tuition and/or living costs, unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student's source of support, medical bills, or other substantial and unexpected expenses. (8CFR214.2(f)(9)(ii)(D))
The application for Economic Hardship work authorization is made to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will issue an EAD valid for one year if approved (but not beyond the graduation date.) Work is limited to 20 hours per week during the academic year, but students may work full time in the summer and designated school breaks. Students must maintain full time enrollment while working part time if Economic Hardship is approved. There is no restriction on the type of work. Renewals are possible, but the same application procedure must be followed. A transfer student who has an unexpired need-based employment card from another school may not use that card for employment or must re-apply for Economic Hardship if he/she feels they are still eligible while a student at UTA.