US Information Agency regulations allow a J-1 student who experiences unforeseen financial problems while studying in the US to obtain off-campus employment permission under certain conditions. This page discusses the requirements and limitations of J-1 student economic hardship employment authorization. This off-campus employment permission may provide real help in difficult circumstances by allowing a student to supplement his or her income enough to meet some living expenses. Economic hardship employment authorization will not, however, enable a student to earn enough to bear the cost of the full-time course of study required to maintain J student status. It should not be thought of, then, as a solution for serious financial difficulties.