Leave of Absence
Read the Leave of Absence Policy
Be sure to review the Leave of Absence policy so you don’t run into any problems when you return. This will help ensure you are eligible and return at the right time so you don’t have to reapply to BYU.
Check your Eligibility
You have to be a BYU day-time eligible student [DC-Day Continuing]. Check your registration eligibility on the ‘Register’ tab in MyMAP.
Check Special Restrictions
If you are a newly admitted student, international student, or going on a mission, there are particular rules and timing with taking a leave of absence. Failure to follow the leave of absence policies could result in you having to reapply to the university.
Prepare for Registration
If you attend at least one semester or term within an academic year (fall semester through summer term), you will maintain continuing status and registration eligibility for the next academic year. If the system will not let you register, it could be because you need a new ecclesiastical endorsement, you have a hold on your account, or you missed more than one major semester.
If you attend another school during your leave of absence, remember to send an updated transcript to BYU so your credits can be applied to your BYU record. If you do not attend another school, your academic status will remain the same as it was when you took your leave of absence.
Apply for Scholarships
The university scholarship application deadline for spring/summer and fall/winter scholarships is February 1 regardless of BYU attendance. If you don’t want to miss out on scholarships for when you return from your leave of absence, you will need to apply by February 1.
During your leave of absence, it’s a good idea to stay connected by regularly checking My Financial Center and YMessage where important messages specific to you will be posted. You are ultimately responsible for reading your messages and taking action when necessary, even during your leave of absence.
Repay Financial Loans
Student loans have a repayment grace period of six months beginning on the date the borrower drops below half-time enrollment. If your leave of absence extends beyond six months (i.e. winter semester and spring term), your grace period ends and you will go into loan repayment.
The minimum credit hours required to prevent loan repayment:
-Fall/Winter: 6 credits (undergraduate), 4.5 credits (graduate)
-Spring/Summer: 3 credits (undergraduate), 2.5 credits (graduate)
The Federal Student Aid website provides information about loan repayment.
Review Internship Processes
If you are doing an internship and will be registered for an internship course in your major, it does not count as a Leave of Absence. Reviewing the internship process will ensure you take the proper steps.
Note: If your internship is not connected to a BYU internship course, and you will not be registered for any other BYU credits, it will count as a Leave of Absence.
Review Student Employment Policies
You are not eligible for student employment during the semester you take a leave of absence.
Military Service Leave
BYU does not have a military service deferment. If you are required to leave BYU for military service and will miss an entire academic year (fall semester through summer term), contact Enrollment Services at 801-422-4104 to discuss your options before you leave.
If you are required to drop all your classes during a semester, you will want to contact Enrollment Services to make appropriate arrangements.