Leave of Absence (LOA) Key Points

The Navigator 2012-14

  • The $70 LOA fee, added to your UCSC account, is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

  • In general, the college will approve LOA status for students who have completed at least one quarter at UCSC and who are making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

  • Students requesting LOA status after the completion of a quarter must do so prior to the start of the next quarter or the withdrawal refund schedule applies. Retroactive LOA is not an option.

  • Campus services available to students on leave of absence include access to your UCSC e-mail and MyUCSC. LOA services are also available through Family Student Housing, the Career Center, Community Rentals, and Office of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports. Some offices may charge an additional service fee. Students should also contact Transportation and Parking Services to determine transit and parking pass eligibility while on leave.

  • UCSC approved LOA students may be eligible to purchase voluntary insurance coverage for a limited period of time if they also have been enrolled in UC SHIP (University of California Student Health Insurance Plan) the quarter immediately prceding the approved LOA quarter. You must enroll with 30 days from the beginning date of the quarter. No late LOA enrollments will be allowed after the 30-day period. For more information, please see Insurance Informaton at the Student Health Center web site, or call 831-459-2389.

  • During the LOA, you may not take UCSC classes. If you wish to return early, contact your college academic adviser.

  • If you attend another institution during your absence, an official transcript of the work must be sent to UCSC, addressed to the Office of the Registrar.

  • To extend your LOA up to a total of six quarters, contact your college academic adviser before your approved return term.

  • You are encouraged to keep your student ID card in a safe place during your absence from campus. If you lose it, you will be required to pay for a new card upon returning to campus.

  • During your LOA, remember to keep your contact information up-to-date.
  • Remember to meet the March 2 FAFSA deadline and the June 1 supporting document deadline each year to be considered for all forms of aid available when you return. Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for more information.

  • During Advising Week of your return quarter check MyUCSC for the Schedule of Classes, your enrollment appointment and any enrollment holds.

  • If you move, update your address(es) on MyUCSC.

  • Additional steps are required if you are taking a leave of absence for non-UCSC study abroad purposes. For more information, see the International Education Office web site.

Revised 10/10/12