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Leave of absence

Sometimes, life happens — an emergency, an illness, anything that may require you to take an extended break from your courses. How do you handle life issues and protect your enrollment in school at the same time? Read on to learn about the leave of absence (LOA) and how it can help you.

You should apply for an LOA anytime a circumstance may require you to be out of class longer than 14 days. During an LOA, you are not considered withdrawn, and federal student aid return calculations are not required.

Things to consider when taking an LOA

  • Any break in attendance can cause a corresponding delay in your graduation date.
  • You can have a break in attendance of up to 14 days without taking an LOA. If your situation warrants it, we recommend limiting the break to no more than 14 days in length.
  • The Life Resource Center (LRC) is available to assist you in any number of stressful areas that may come up as you work toward graduation. You can reach the LRC through the Program tab on the student website.
  • An alumni mentor may be able to give you some tips on how he or she managed life-work-school balance.
  • Our student workshops may be able to help you with academic obstacles you’re facing.
  • Your Finance Advisor and Academic Advisor may have other options and resources that can help you.

In order to request an LOA, you must submit a written, signed and dated request — including the reason for the request — to Student Financial Services – Operations. The Request for Leave of Absence form is available on the student website, or on the Financial Aid Web (FAW).

You are highly encouraged to speak with your Finance Advisor for guidance when completing the Request for Leave of Absence form to ensure it’s completed properly and is submitted on time. An incomplete or improperly completed form, or one turned in late, may result in your LOA request being denied.

Completed forms can be submitted through the My Financial Aid Documents upload service available on the FAW.

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