Sometimes, life happens — an emergency, an illness, anything that may require you to take an extended break from your courses. Read on to learn about the leave of absence (LOA) and how it can help you when life just…happens.

You can apply for an LOA anytime a circumstance may require you to be out of class longer than 14 days. During an approved LOA, you are not considered withdrawn and no Return to Title IV (R2T4) calculation is required for federal financial aid recipients.

An LOA may be approved if the University determines there is a reasonable expectation you will return. You must follow the University’s LOA Policy when requesting an LOA, by providing (on or before the start date of the LOA) a written, signed, and dated request, including the reason for the LOA, to the finance advisor. All requests will be forwarded to Student Financial Services - Operations (SFS-O).

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

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  • You can have a break in attendance of up to 14 days without being unofficially withdrawn from the University. If your situation warrants it, we recommend limiting the break to no more than 14 days in length.
  • You may request to extend a previously approved LOA by requesting a change to your current LOA on eCampus.
  • If you don’t extend your previously approved LOA, you must return on or before the LOA end date.
  • You cannot change your program while on an approved LOA.
  • If you are not currently a recipient of FSA funds but have previous loans in deferment, an LOA can maintain that deferment.

These resources are also available at any time to assist you with major life events:

  • 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 eCampus.
  • 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 Academic Advisor may have other options and resources that can help you.