We know sometimes life happens and you need to take a break from school. Common reasons students choose to take a leave include serving a religious or humanitarian mission, military service, family responsibilities, financial, employment, medical reasons, etc. 


 

Need to take a Break?

 

At some point in your career at Utah Valley University, you may need to take some time away from your studies- and that is okay! Many students find that taking a leave of absence can be helpful. This time allows for students to focus their energy and time on recovery, self-care, self-improvement, or take care of things that need prioritizing.

 

Undergraduate students may take a leave of absence for 7 semesters. This includes summer semesters. Graduate students should talk to their program directors.

 

To submit an official leave of absence, please fill the from provided below. 

 

Leave of absence form

Need Additional Help?

 

We understand that taking a leave may be challenging. Do not miss a beat when on leave. Meeting with the leave of absence coordinator can be extremely helpful.

 

The Coordinator will help you make a plan for you to focus on yourself and those who need you while on leave; and  when you are ready, come back with ease.

 

Schedule an appointment with the coordinator

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Leave of Absence?

A Leave of Absence is a period of time when a student is not enrolled in classes but typically intends to re-enroll. We understand that other things may come up for students; reasons can include studying abroad, medical conditions, death in the family, or other emergencies.

When Should I consider a LOA?

You may consider a Leave of Absence if:

  • Your mental health is disrupting your ability to participate in academic and campus life, even with supports and accommodations.
  • You feel you are in crisis or that your level of distress is becoming intolerable.
  • You believe the stress and pressure of college is seriously disrupting your ability to focus on recovery.
  • You feel you need an increased level of care.
  • You are not able to access the services you need at your college or university.
  • You feel that time away from classes would be beneficial for your long-term well being.

When Can I Take a Leave?

It is best to take a leave of absence before the “Last Day to Drop” deadline. Please check deadlines here.

You can still submit a LOA form after the deadline. You will just need to fill out the petition section of the form.

How long can me LOA Last?

You can take a leave for 7 semesters (Includes summer semester).

 

If you return later than 7 semesters from the last time you attended classes (includes summer semesters), you may be required to re-apply for admission and pay an additional re-admission fee.

What If I am an international student?

 

All international students must speak with International Student Services located in the Liberal Arts Building (LA 114) or call 801.863.8778 before making any changes to their enrollment to see how it may impact their visa status.

What if I am a Veteran?

Submitting an LOA may impact your VA benefits.  Contact the Veteran Success Center at 801.863.8212 before making any changes to your enrollment status.

How do cancel my leave of absence?

  1. Contact the Registration Office to check your registration eligibility.
  2. Contact your academic advisor to begin the process for enrolling in classes.
  3. Contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office if you have questions about applying for financial aid and/or reinstating a scholarship award that has been held.



Returning from a LEave Of absence

When you are ready, we are prepared to help you come back and continue your education.

  1. Contact the Registration Office to check your registration eligibility.
  2. Contact your academic advisor to begin the process for enrolling in classes.
  3. Contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office if you have questions about applying for financial aid and/or reinstating a scholarship award that has been held.

If you return later than 7 semesters from the last time you attended classes (includes summer semesters), you may be required to re-apply for admission and pay an additional re-admission fee.

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Contact Us

First-Year Experience & Student Retention

Leave of Absence
Phone: (801) 863- 5754

Email:  leaveofabsence@uvu.edu 
Room: LC 405E

If you have questions, please contact our office today!

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