If you have F-1 status, your tuition money can come from any source—your parents, your government, a corporate sponsor, or a scholarship or loan.
If you are an IU Bloomington student, you can work on campus without prior authorization. However, there are restrictions. Visit the F-1 Employment section for more information.
If you want to work on any other IU campus, call us at 812-855-9086 and make an appointment with an international student advisor to discuss your options.
You may gain permission to work off campus if the job is directly related to your field of study, or in rare cases, because of severe economic hardship. However, you must first get authorization from either OIS or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Learn more about your off-campus employment options
If you have a spouse or unmarried child(ren) under the age of 21, they can enter the United States using an F-2 visa. However, they will not be able to study full time at the postsecondary level or to work.
As an F-1 student, you have a number of options, and can even get a job using Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Learn more about your post-completion choices