Change of Level (Bachelor’s to Masters, Masters to Ph.D., etc).

Thinking About Going On To A New Degree Level?

If you are completing one program of study and are continuing onto another, you must obtain a new I-20 for the new degree program. Before proceeding further with processing a Change of Academic Level I-20 we wanted to make sure you are aware of the potential consequences of this change. Specifically, once you receive a new Form I-20 with a new degree level you will no longer have the option to apply for Post Completion Optional Practical Training (Post OPT) based on your current academic degree level. Further, you would not be eligible for Post-OPT benefits until completion of your new academic degree.

If you are comfortable with the Change of Academic Level, please provide our office with updated financial documentation. The total amount of funding to be shown for Undergraduate and Graduate Students can be found below:

If your financial documentation is not in your name, please include a Declaration & Certification of Finances Form (pdf). If you are receiving departmental funding, please provide a copy of your offer letter and/or contract.

Once an ISSO advisor has received your updated financial documents, a new I-20 will be issued to you effective from the start date of your new academic program.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us during our Advising Hours.

To proceed with requesting a change of level I-20 you must have ALREADY been admitted to the new degree program, and submit the following documentation as per below.

How To Request A Change Of Level I20

Enter your UMass Lowell email and password in the Change of Level E-form:

  • Upload Form I-94
  • Upload financial documents
  • Upload Declaration & Certification of Finances Form (if applicable)
  • Upload admission letter from your new program

After you submit the e-form request, a DSO will review your request and generate you a new form I-20 within 5-7 business days.

ISSO cannot process your change of education level request until semester grades are in and until we can confirm that you have successfully completed your current degree.

Change of Level E-form