Students in good academic standing who feel they need to leave their program for a period of time for personal reasons should meet with their academic advisor before submitting the official online Exit Form in the Academics tab in MyNewSchool. Incomplete Exit Forms will not be processed by the Registrar's Office. Requests for a retroactive leave of absence from a prior term will be considered by the University Appeals Committee.
Most programs will grant a leave of absence for one semester or a school year. Some programs require that a leave be taken for an entire school year because of the need to maintain a class cohort curriculum. Students may be required to apply for readmission
if they stopped attending and did not complete the official Exit Form or were approved for a leave of absence but did not return to the university within the approved time frame.
Your final date of enrollment will be determined by the university Registrar's Office. This date may be when you submitted the form, your last date of academic engagement, or, under certain exceptional circumstances, the date given in a verbal communication
of intent to withdraw with one of the following designated offices: ISSS, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Dean of Students, and the Registrar's Office. Leaves of absence for medical reasons require appropriate documentation. Students taking a leave
for health reasons must contact Student Health Services after completing the Exit Form if they are enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan and wish to remain enrolled while on
health leave. To return from a leave taken for medical reasons, a student must submit follow-up documentation indicating that they are able to resume study. Upon receipt of this documentation, the Office of Student Support and Crisis Management will make a decision as to the student's eligibility to return. A registration hold will be in effect until the student receives clearance to return. If unable to return to study as planned, students must contact their academic advisor immediately
to request an extension of their leave.
Recipients of student loans should note that a leave of absence constitutes a break in their program of study, resulting in loss of their loan repayment grace period and/or eligibility for repayment deferment. A student will retain merit scholarship eligibility as long the Leave of Absence request is fully approved and processed and the student returns within the approved time frame and to the same program from which they left the university. If you have any questions about their merit scholarships, loans, or current financial aid packages, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.
International students on F-1 and J-1 visas normally fall out of status and must leave the United States during a leave of absence. They should consult International Student and Scholar Services before filing the exit form.
University drop and withdrawal deadlines will be applied to students' academic records when a leave of absence is taken. Refunds are calculated in accordance with the university refund schedule.