Leave of Absence (LOA) Key Points

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A leave of absence (LOA) is a plan to leave UCSC while arranging for a specific pre-approved return date within one to six quarters.

In general, the college will approve LOA status if you withdraw before the withdraw deadline, have completed at least one quarter at UCSC, and are making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

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

Campus services available when you are on LOA include access to your UCSC e-mail and MyUCSC. LOA services are also available through Family Student Housing, the Career Center, Community Rentals, and the Office of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports. Some offices may charge an additional service fee. 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. See the Health Center Insurance web site for information, and contact the Insurance Office at 831-459-2389 if you have questions.

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

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

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.

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

Remember to meet the FAFSA deadline and the 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.

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 06/16/17