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Chicago, IL 60601, USA

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Wheeling, IL 60090 USA

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SOLEX College is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
Why is accreditation important?

Maintaining Status

Maintaining F-1 Student Status (current students only)

Below are some important guidelines that will help you maintain your status. Failure to comply with any of these regulations may negatively affect your status as an F-1 student in the United States.

Report to School 

After you arrive in Chicago, you are required to report to SOLEX College to confirm your enrollment at the school and report your current address in the U.S. The DSO can then ‘activate’ your SEVIS record. Your SEVIS record is what DHS uses to see if you are maintaining your status in the U.S.

Full-Time Enrollment

You must enroll in a full course of study (minimum of 18 hours per week or 12 credits per semester) throughout the academic term. Always consult your DSO before you drop your full-time course to part-time or withdraw from all of your courses, otherwise, you may jeopardize your legal status. Also, remember, DHS will not accept insufficient funding as an excuse for dropping below full-time hours because you were asked to provide proof that you could afford to attend school before entering the U.S.


Your passport must be valid at least six months into the future. For example, if it is January 1st, your passport cannot expire before June 1st of the same year. Report a lost or stolen passport to the police, as your home country government may require a police report before issuing a new passport. To renew or replace your passport, contact your country’s consulate in the U.S. Provide your DSO with any updated information regarding your passport, name change, visa, or status.

Change of Address

You must submit a Change of Address and/or Contact Information form to the International Student Office within 10 days of moving while enrolled at SOLEX College. Addresses must be a physical location, not a P.O. Box. SOLEX College is responsible for changing this information in SEVIS once we have received it from you. You do not need to contact SEVIS personally.


If you cannot complete the program of study by the date shown on your I-20 (listed in item #5), you must request a program extension from your DSO. Submit an Extension of Time to Complete the Program form to the International Student Office at least two weeks before the date on your I-20. Your I-20 must remain valid at all times throughout your study.


Following the completion of your program, you have a 60-day period in which to stay in the U.S. You must depart the U.S. before this 60-day period expires. If you cancel your enrollment in the middle of a semester, you must depart the U.S. within 15 days of your cancellation date.


DO NOT accept employment off-campus unless specifically authorized under the regulations at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(9) or 214.2(f)(10).

Last Updated: 4/7/2010