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    Utah State University
  Jan 17, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Year 
2017-2018 Academic Year

Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence


Undergraduate students who wish to discontinue their studies for one or more semesters (with the exception of summer term) must file a Leave of Absence form online at Students may file an admission deferral, a leave of absence, or a complete withdrawal.  Requests may be granted for illness or health-related issues, military service, employment, humanitarian or church service, family responsibilities, and financial obligations.

The standard leave period is one year. Allowances will be made for military activation, church or humanitarian service, and those with extenuating circumstances.

With very few exceptions, students who are attending another institution may not take a leave of absence. They must completely withdraw and apply for readmission. Students are encouraged to discuss possible exceptions with an academic advisor.

USU's Changes in Registration  policy explains how a leave of absence will affect a student's transcript.


A graduate leave of absence, during which neither continuous registration or a $100 payment is required, may be granted under the following conditions:

  1. Illness, required military service, or other extenuating circumstances acceptable to the department head and the graduate dean.
  2. Lack of availability of courses in a planned Regional Campuses and Distance Education program.
  3. Participation in a planned program based primarily on summer semester courses.

For either 2 or 3, the student must have an approved Program of Study on file in the School of Graduate Studies before a leave will be granted.