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MFA Comics information (F-1 students only)

Special Information for MFA in Comics Students

The MFA in Comics program offers two models, one that has a full-time residency structure (72 unit program) and one that is low-residency (60 unit program).

Option 1: Full residency model:

Students enrolled in the 72 unit model will be considered full-time each summer with registration of 12 units. Student will continue in the program as full time students registering for a minimum of 9 units each fall and spring semester. Full time enrollment in fall and spring allows students includes the following benefits: ability to remain in the United States while maintaining valid F-1 nonimmigrant status, and enrollment in the CCA student medical insurance plan.

Students in the full residency model will be required to submit only one I-20 request form for the full program length.

Option 2: Low residency model:

Students enrolled in the 60 unit model will obtain an F-1 visa to participate in the summer intensive sessions only. Students in the low residency option will only be enrolled part-time each fall and spring semester, and cannot stay in the US in valid F-1 status between summer sessions.

Because students in the MFA in Comics program are only required to be in the U.S. for one-month sessions and each session is one year apart, students will be required to submit new financial documentation, and receive a new I-20 in order to attend the summer intensive session on campus at CCA. The financial documentation you submit with this form will be used to issue an I-20 for the summer intensive session only. You will need to apply for a new I-20 for future summer intensive sessions.

Questions about maintaining F-1 status as a MFA Comics student? Email us at

**For Summer 2021, only for students already in the United States and transferring their SEVIS record to CCA will be issued an I-20 with a summer start date due to the decision for Comics classes to be 100% online. Students outside the US that need to apply for a visa or enter the US as a new F-1 student will receive an I-20 with a fall 2021 start date (9/1/2021). Current Immigration policy during COVID-19 will not allow CCA to issue an I-20 to a non-SEVIS transfer student for 100% online classes. Contact ISAP at or schedule an appointment to meet with an ISAP advisor if you have questions or would like to review your situation further.