Financial Aid Leave of Absence

In accordance with applicable financial aid regulations, under certain conditions (such as personal, military service, illness or health, employment, humanitarian or church service, family responsibilities, and financial obligations) students may request a leave of absence from the university. A leave of absence will allow the student’s status to remain as “in school,” making the student eligible for a deferment on student loans during the approved time while not actively registered with the university. However, the specific requirements by which the student agreed to abide at the time any financial aid was accepted will remain in effect (approved students are advised to contact their loan servicer(s) for repayment information and grace period expiration policy).

Please note:

  • Students considering a leave of absence must submit an application with Student Academic & Financial Services (online program students must contact Online Student Services) by no later than the day prior to the start of a term/semester or lab segment (applications will be accepted at any time during the term as long as the student has not entered the segment for which the leave is being requested). Note: students who are non-U.S. citizens must contact the International Center first, prior to pursuing a leave of absence.
  • Requests (including required documentation) will be reviewed in a timely fashion and either approved or rejected by Student Academic & Financial Services or Online Student Services.
  • An approved leave may last for no more than 1 term/semester during an academic year; furthermore, students are not absolved from any other university policies by which they would ordinarily be bound.
  • If the student does not return at the expiration of the approved leave of absence, the student will be considered withdrawn from all registration and the last date of the student’s previous term/semester or lab segment attended will become the student’s last date of attendance, and the loan deferment will expire as of that date.