As a student, you might be considering whether taking a leave of absence from the university is the right decision for you based on your individual circumstances at this time. The Center for Academic Success understands the various reasons why you might need to take some time away and has outlined steps below to help you make an informed decision — and how to reenroll in classes when you return.
Withdrawal or Leave of Absence
Susquehanna University supports each student’s academic journey and advises you to engage with members of the university community to better inform you of options that are available to you. If you are considering time away from the university, or looking to return, you are strongly encouraged to follow the process outlined below to best support your academic transition.
Step 1: Meet with Your Advisor
You are advised to first meet with your academic advisor before continuing the withdrawal/leave of absence process.
Step 2: Notify the Center for Academic Success
Contact the Center for Academic Success (CAS). In order to proceed with the process and discuss which option may be right for you based on your circumstance, the CAS can assist in your transition and will answer any questions you may have.
Step 3: Notify Student Financial Services
Contact Student Financial Services (SFS) as soon as possible to discuss the financial impacts of your departure. It is important to understand that you may have a balance due to the university upon leaving, even if your bill had previously been satisfied through payment arrangements you set up before the semester began. For example, SFS is required by federal statute to recalculate federal financial aid (Pell, student loans, Parent PLUS loans, etc.) eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed or take a leave of absence before completing 60 percent of a payment period or term.
The university’s refund policy is available at susqu.edu/refund. This policy affects all students withdrawing the university for any reason, and dependent upon the timing of your withdrawal, it will impact your incurred charges and institutional aid in some way.
Step 4 for International Students
International students are required to complete the withdrawal process as well as notify the university’s International Student Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you take time away and return to Susquehanna, your program requirements may change when you reenroll. If you leave the university for one year or less, you may fulfill either your original major and Central Curriculum requirements or the revised requirements. If you withdraw or take a leave of absence from the university for more than one year, you will follow any changes made in your academic program requirements during that time.
The Registrar’s Office will issue your official transcripts of your academic record upon signed request. Susquehanna reserves the right to withhold transcripts of students who have outstanding financial obligations to the university.
Withdrawal or Leave Scenarios
Review the following scenarios for more information and steps necessary to withdrawal or leave from the university.
The Academic Calendar lists withdrawal deadlines for the academic year.