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Registrar's Office: Leave of Absence (LOA)

Leave of Absence (LOA) information

A leave of absence (LOA) is a temporary interruption in a student’s program of study. During an approved LOA, a student is not considered withdrawn from the program of study and no calculation of the return of Title IV Financial Aid Funds is required.

Under normal circumstances, the student must apply for an LOA in advance allowing sufficient time for the Registrar’s Office to review and process the request. A signed and dated LOA request must be completed by the student and submitted to the Registrar’s Office before an LOA can be approved.

The request must detail temporary circumstances requiring leave from school and student’s intent to return to the program of study at the end of an LOA period. When applicable, additional documentation may need to be provided to support the request.

The Registrar’s Office will authorize a leave of absence only if there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return to the program of study. Multiple leaves of absences may be granted but must not exceed a total of 180 days in any 12-month period. Reasons for granting a leave of absence may include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical problems
  • Jury duty
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery therefrom
  • Death of a family member
  • Military duty

For more details of the important expectations & acknowledgements of the LOA procedure is available in the academic catalog.

If you are an F-1 international student, please visit the international student services page to request a Leave of Absence (LOA) by following the DSO's procedure available here. Please be advised that requesting an LOA does not automatically grant approval for the Leave of Absence (LOA) by the DSO. For any questions or concerns, the DSO can be reached at