Frequently Asked Questions



What is a Leave of Absence? 

At some point in your career at Utah State University, you may need to take some time away from your studies; you may need to take a leave of absence from school. Common reasons students take leaves include: serving a humanitarian or religious mission, medical problems, financial and employment related issues, military service, or family responsibilities.

If you find that you need to take a leave of absence for one or more semesters (other than a summer term,) then you must file a Leave of Absence. Filing is easy! Go to (Note: International Students should go to the International Students and Scholars Office in TSC 313 to start the process. Graduate students should go to Main 164.)

The standard leave period is one year. However, allowances will be made for military activation, church or humanitarian service, and those with extenuating circumstances.

Upon your return to USU, you will not be required to apply for readmission. Instead, the Registrar's Office will remind you of your scheduled return date, and you simply need to verify that you are returning - it's that easy!


Benefits of taking a Leave of Absence? 

In most cases, students who take the initiative to file a leave of absence will NOT have to apply for readmission. Additionally, students who file a leave of absence will have their scholarships placed on hold, and will continue to have their USU e-mail accounts.


Who can take a Leave of Absence?

Leaves of Absence are generally granted and reviewed on a yearly basis for reasons relating to: illness or health, military service, employment, humanitarian or church service, family responsibilities, and financial obligations. The standard leave period is one year. Allowances will be made for military activation, church or humanitarian service, and for those having extenuating circumstances.


When can a student take a Leave of Absence? A student must apply for a leave of absence for a current semester no later than the last day of classes for that semester.


What steps must I take before I leave the University?

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to review the general education and major requirements you will need to fulfill upon your return.
  2. If you have any incomplete grades or questions and concerns about your grades, meet with your instructors immediately.
  3. If you anticipate needing to have a parent or another designated person act as your agent in your absence, you will need to file an official Release of Student Information form. Download the form here.
  4. File your Leave of Absence online at

What is the process for returning from a leave?

Returning from your leave is easy. You will receive a letter and an e-mail welcoming you back to USU, just before priority registration of the semester that you are scheduled to return. Because you took the initiative to file a Leave of Absence, in most cases, you will not need to apply for readmission; you are still a student at Utah State University. Simply call the Matriculation Advisor at 435-797-1132, or send an e-mail, and indicate that you are returning.


Do I still need to file a Leave of Absence if I am dropping for one semester only?

Yes, but it is easy. Use the Leave of Absence form at Choose the "Dropping last class, will return next semester" option under Reason for Leaving.


I am going to attend another school, but I want to return to USU. What do I do?

Generally speaking, students who will attend another institution, even if the plan is to return to USU (and we hope it is) must file a complete withdrawal. With extremely few exceptions, students cannot be admitted to two schools simultaneously (summer semester excluded). If you have questions, please visit with the Matriculation Advisor in TSC 304, or contact via e-mail.


If I am an international student, with whom do I need to talk about taking a Leave of Absence?

International students must contact the International Students and Scholars Office (TSC 313) before the Leave of Absence form can be processed.


Why must I have approval to take a Leave of Absence from Utah State University University?

Utah State University is committed to the academic success of its students. Students who take a leave may experience difficulties that may delay their progress toward graduation. The University wishes to ensure that students fully understand all the ramifications of taking a Leave of Absence. Additionally, Utah State University encourages each student to develop a plan for returning and completing his or her degree. The approval process is intended to accomplish these purposes.


What process must I follow to place my scholarship on hold during my Leave of Absence?

Simply file your Leave of Absence online at, and your scholarship will be placed on hold. If you have questions, please feel free to visit the Financial Aid Office (TSC 106), or call them at 435-797-0173. A scholarship hold will be processed after a student has completed his or her last semester before leaving. Verification will be made after the semester to ensure that the student has fulfilled the requirements for the scholarship. Once that verification has been made, a confirmation of the scholarship hold will be sent to the student.


Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?

University Advising
Taggart Student Center 304
Logan, UT 84322-0114