If you are suffering a severe economic hardship due to unforeseen changes in your financial circumstances, you may apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for authorization to work off campus.
Examples of unforeseen circumstances:
The employment authorization is granted by USCIS in increments of one year at a time. The authorization allows you to work for any employer part time (up to 20 hours per week) while you are registered full-time at Fontbonne. It also allows you to work full time (more than 20 hours per week) during quarter breaks and your annual vacation quarter.
This employment does not affect your eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Employment authorization is automatically terminated if you graduate, fail to maintain status, or transfer to another school.
Application processing times vary between two to four months. Do not begin working until you receive the Employment Authorization Document (EAD).