F-1 regulations allow an F-1 student to be enrolled in two different SEVIS-approved schools at the same time (concurrent enrollment), as long as the enrollment in both schools amounts to a full-time course of study.
An F-1 student whose F-1 status is sponsored by COC should ask for a Reduced Course Load (RCL) authorization to the ISP office by following these procedures:
Make an appointment with the ISP academic counselor. If your concurrent enrollment is approved by the ISP academic counselor, have the following document completed and sign to agree to the conditions authorized to you on the document. Concurrent Enrollment Agreement Form
Make a request for a Concurrent Attendance authorization letter.
Submit a registration record from another school immediately after registration. (3 units = 4.5 units in a quarter system)
Submit a transcript/grade report to the ISP academic counselor to prove that you completed the semester with total of 12 units as soon as that semester is over
*If you failed to follow these procedures, your RCL at COC will be reported to SEVIS as "Failure to maintain F-1 status" and your SEVIS record will be terminated which means, you lose your F-1 status.
The concurrent enrollment provision is applicable only if you will be registered less than full-time at COC, and you are relying on enrollment at another school in order to meet the 12-unit enrollment requirement. If you are enrolled full-time at COC, you don't need special permission to take an additional class at another school.