What is CPT?
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of off-campus work authorization for F-1 international students who are currently pursuing an academic program in the U.S. and want to gain practical work experience in their field of study. CPT work has to be a required or an integral part of a student’s curriculum.
When do F-1 students become eligible for CPT?
To be eligible for CPT, TMCC students must be:
- Enrolled full-time for one academic year
- In good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)
- In valid F-1 immigration status
How can CPT-eligible students begin the CPT application process?
To apply for CPT, students must follow these steps (more details in the Application Process section below):
- Contact the TMCC International Academic Advisor to verify eligibility.
- Attend a TMCC Career Center workshop and meet with the Internship Coordinator.
- Secure an official job offer.
- Register for a CPT-related internship credit for the term when you will be working on CPT.
- Schedule an appointment with International Student Services to turn in your complete CPT packet.
- Wait for the new CPT I-20 to begin work.
Are there any limitations on CPT?
- CPT is not available after a student completes a degree program.
- If a student works full-time on CPT for 12 months or more, the student loses their Optional Practical Training (OPT).
- Part-time CPT, even if more than 12 months are used up, does not affect OPT eligibility.
- CPT is an employer-specific work authorization: each CPT is authorized for a specific employer, job, dates and hours, and it can only be used for that employment segment.
Do students have to pay for CPT?
- There is no application fee for CPT.
- Students must pay the tuition fees of their CPT-related course. For fee information, visit TMCC's College Catalog for Tuition and Fees.