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A student requesting leave must complete the Leave of Absence Request form and obtain the approval of his or her Graduate Advisor who will forward the request to the Office of the Registrar for final review and approval. Requests may be delivered to Office of the Registrar before or during any semester in which the student is not registered for courses. Requests must be received by the Office of the Registrar no later than Census Date in the semester in which the leave is to begin. To find the Census Date: clink on the term located under "More Academic Calendars." Leave of Absence will not be granted retroactively for a semester after the census day has passed.
A graduate student may apply for a Leave of Absence in order to respond to exceptional circumstances that will prevent him or her from meeting the continuous enrollment requirement. Students returning from leave as scheduled will be automatically readmitted and will not be required to submit an application or pay any application fees. Time taken on approved Leave of Absence will not count against degree completion time limits.
An approved Leave of Absence does not exempt students from the enrollment requirements of other programs, offices and agencies such as the Veterans Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service, and federal financial aid and certain loan programs. It is the student’s responsibility to determine what effect a Leave of Absence will have on his or her status with such entities. For example, International students approved for a Leave of Absence must inform the Office of International Education so that requirements of the Immigration and Naturalization Service can be addressed prior to withdrawing from classes.
Appropriate supporting documentation includes but is not limited to:
If documentation is not in English, it will not be accepted.
Click here to complete and print Leave of Absence (LOA) form.