Classes and Planning

Take a leave of absence

If you need to take a semester or two off, you can submit a request for formal leave of absence to the Office of the Registrar. You must have attended at least one term before you can request a leave. A leave of absence may be granted for a maximum of four total semesters.

Continuing undergraduate and credential students are allowed a one semester informal absence without needing to file a Leave of Absence Request; continuing graduate students are NOT allowed any absence without submitting a Leave of Absence Request.

Undergraduate and credential students who stop out more than one fall or spring semester without filing a leave of absence are discontinued and lose their active student status. Graduate students who don't enroll every semester or file a leave of absence are discontinued and lose their active student status. Students who lose active status are no longer eligible to enroll as continuing students and are required to reapply to the university.

Leave of Absence requests must be submitted before the start of the semester for which leave is requested. In order for your request to be processed, all classes must already be dropped. All classes must be dropped prior to term start to receive a full refund of mandatory fees. After the term starts, tuition and fees will be prorated based on drop date.

Financial Aid recipients must consult with the Financial Aid office prior to or as part of their leave request.

Failure to return from leave as specified in the approved request will be considered withdrawal from the university. Under such circumstances, re-enrollment will require a full application for readmission under the same circumstances as any new or returning applicant including enrollment in the curriculum in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

If you wish to return early from leave or cancel your leave request, you must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing. The message must come from your csumb email.

See the Enrollment & Registration policy for more information about leaves of absence.