Leave of Absence

Students may request a leave of absence from studies for one or two consecutive semesters’ absence from Plymouth State University (this policy applies only to continuous fall and spring semesters; winter and summer sessions are not considered to be a part of a student’s regular continuous enrollment). A leave of absence is appropriate if the student intends to return to the University following a temporary absence for compelling reasons, which may include but are not limited to: military service, family emergencies, or medical reasons.

Prior to leaving, students must inform the academic student advocate of their intention to take a leave of absence from the University; please complete an official online Leave of Absence form at the Frost House webpage.

Eligible students who apply for and receive a leave of absence retains their PSU email account, access to myPlymouth, and the ability to register online. No readmission application or fees are required if the student re-enrolls for a fall or spring semester immediately following the leave of absence. If there is no intent to return to the University, or if a student is unable to return following the leave of absence period, the regular withdrawal procedure should be followed.

Financial Aid Implications: If a student currently receives financial aid, their financial aid award will be reevaluated as a result of the leave.  If the date of the leave precedes the start of classes, the financial aid will simply be cancelled. If the date of the leave is after the start of classes, the financial aid award will be adjusted according to federal regulations and institutional policies. The decision to take a leave of absence will not affect a student’s eligibility for financial aid upon his or her approved return as an active student. However, students must adhere to all published deadlines in applying for financial aid before returning.

Repayment on your loans begins after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. Generally you have a grace period before you have to begin repayment. The grace period is a determinate length of time when no payments are due. You can start repaying during the grace period and save some money in the long run.

  • Federal Perkins Loans – the grace period is nine months.
  • Federal Direct Loans – the grace period is six months
  • Federal PLUS Loans – repayment begins 30 to 45 days after the final loan disbursement.

NOTE: You are responsible for beginning repayment on-time, even if you do not receive information from your lender or servicer.