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Leave of Absence (Undergraduate)

The Undergraduate Leave of Absence (LOA) policy assists and encourages undergraduate degree-seeking students to return and graduate after an absence of more than two semesters from ASU.

Note: If you are an undergraduate degree-seeking student who previously attended ASU but have not been enrolled at ASU for one or two consecutive fall or spring semesters you may be eligible to return to ASU through Quick Re-entry. Students are not required to process an LOA for absences of one or two consecutive fall or spring semesters.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an Undergraduate LOA, students must be eligible to register for classes and meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  2. Be registered during the semester immediately prior to the beginning of the LOA.
    • Students who were admitted as new first semester freshmen or transfer students but did not attend will not be eligible for an LOA. Instead, they should contact the Undergraduate Admissions office.
    • Students who were readmitted but did not attend will not be eligible for an LOA. Instead, they should contact the Undergraduate Admissions office. 
    • Students who are participating in an ASU-sponsored study abroad program need not apply for an LOA; however, students who are participating in a non-ASU-sponsored study abroad program should take advantage of the LOA policy, if eligible.
  3. Be in academic good standing, on probation, or on continuing probation with their college.
  4. Have no hold (e.g., disciplinary, financial, testing, etc.) which would restrict registration. Note: Students with financial holds may be given consideration for an LOA if authorized by the Collections Office.
  5. Have submitted any outstanding high school and/or transfer transcripts, if prior admission/readmission and continued enrollment was contingent upon receipt of those transcripts.

Undergraduate students considering taking an absence from ASU should carefully review the policies and procedures for submitting an Undergraduate Leave of Absence Request.

Leave of Absence FAQ's

Information for students returning from a Leave of Absence.

Q. My LOA is about to expire; what do I do now?

A. View your enrollment appointment as well as any current registration holds and "To Do" list items on My ASU. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss course selection. Submit transcripts for coursework you completed during your LOA.

Q. How will the university inform me regarding upcoming enrollment, deadlines and holds that may occur while on I'm on an LOA?

A. We recommend checking your My ASU page often during your LOA so that you may stay informed about enrollment appointments, financial aid and tuition deadlines and advising holds that may occur prior to the end of your leave.

Q. If I qualify for an LOA, does this defer my scholarship?

A. No. In order to request a deferment of your scholarship, you will need to complete the Scholarship Deferment Application found on the
Scholarship website. To have your scholarship reinstated after the deferment period, you will need to complete the Scholarship Reinstatement Request form. 

Q. Can I come back earlier than what my original LOA was processed for?

A. Yes. If you wish to return to ASU prior to the end of your scheduled leave you will need to contact University Registrar Services at 480-965-3124 so that your return may be updated immediately to maximize enrollment opportunities and meet any college, financial aid, etc. deadlines.

Q. Can I request an extension of my LOA?

A. Yes. If you are unable to return to ASU by the agreed term and have not reached the cumulative total of two years (four major terms) on leave, then you may petition for an extension through the college of your major. To extend your LOA, please complete the LOA form and meet with your college for approval. Once the college signs the LOA extension form, return the form to any University Registrar Services location for processing. If an extension is not granted, you will need to follow readmission procedures before you will be allowed to return to ASU.

Q. How will the university inform me regarding upcoming enrollment, deadlines and holds that may occur while on leave of absence?

A. We recommend checking your My ASU page often during your leave of absence so that you may stay informed about enrollment appointments, financial aid and tuition deadlines and advising holds that may occur prior to the end of your leave.

Q. Am I able to view my unofficial transcripts?

A. Yes. Student can view their unofficial transcripts through their My ASU page.

Q. Will my loans be deferred while on an LOA?

A. No. In order to defer loans, students must be currently enrolled. While the LOA keeps student records up to date, it does not allow for deferment. Please contact your lender for more information.

Q. If I qualify for an LOA, does this defer my scholarship?

A. No. In order to request a deferment of your scholarship, you will need to complete the Scholarship Deferment Application found on the scholarship website. To have your scholarship reinstated after the deferment period, you will need to complete the Scholarship Reinstatement Request form. 

Q. Can I attend another institution while on an LOA?

A. Yes. Once all coursework is complete and graded, please request official transcripts to be sent directly from the transfer institution to ASU at the following address:

Arizona State University
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

 

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