Skip to Main Content

Departing Missionary

Complete the items on this checklist as you prepare to embark on your mission. This will help you easily transition back to school when you return.

Apply for a Mission Deferment Required Action

Complete the online missionary deferment to defer both enrollment and academic scholarships without having to reapply to BYU.

Mission Deferment

More Info about Mission Deferment

Set up Guest Access

You should not share your login information with others. Guest Access allows you to give another person access to your BYU account. We will not discuss your account or records with your parent, spouse or another third party without Guest Access.

Guest Access

More Info about Guess Access

Defer Financial Aid Required Action

If you took out a federal student loan for school before your mission, you will go into repayment while on your mission. Please contact your lender directly to notify them of your plans and to ask about loan repayment options.

Federal Student Aid

More Info about Defering Loans

Defer Scholarships

By submitting your deferment, the fall/winter portions of your on-campus academic scholarships are deferred until you return. Check with your department for other awards.
You can defer off-campus scholarships (for missionaries only) as long as your donor approves.

More Info about Deferring Scholarships

Update DUO

There are some tasks that Guest Access will not be able to complete for you. If you have Duo set up (two-step verification), you need to update your Duo account before leaving so you can still access your account while serving. You can print a list of passcodes to take on your mission or add another phone number.


More Info about Managing Devices
More Info about Passcodes

Review your Student Account Required Action

Before leaving on your mission, review your My Financial Center account and pay any outstanding charges. Have someone periodically check your balance on My Financial Center while you are serving to make sure no outstanding charges are put on your account after you leave. Past due balances 90 days or more may be sent to a collections agency while you are gone.

My Financial Center

More Info about Payments

Cancel BYU Student Health Plan Required Action

If you are on the student health plan, you must notify the Health Plan Business Office before you leave BYU. You are not eligible for the health plan while you are on your mission.

Cancel Health Plan

Notify your Housing Unit or Landlord

Make arrangements by either submitting a petition to on-campus housing or potentially selling your housing contract if you have one that conflicts with your mission call.

On-Campus Housing Petition


Before leaving on your mission, you should determine which courses to register for when you return. You may want to meet with an advisor in your college advisement center for help in determining an appropriate schedule.

Advisement Centers

On-Campus Employment Deferment Policies

If you are currently employed on-campus, please review BYU’s policies for deferring.

Student Employment

Advisement for International Students

If you are an international student, you should meet with your International Student Services counselor prior to leaving campus to ensure the proper handling of your SEVIS record.
International Services, 1351 WSC, 801-422-2695

Call 801-422-2695