- While on leave, students are not considered to be working toward their degree and thus are not eligible to receive financial assistance, except as noted in Section X(M)(3) below.
- Students who take a leave during the academic year are charged tuition for the period of enrollment. Health insurance charges and health fees are prorated through the end of the month during which the student’s leave begins.
- Once the student account notice has been adjusted, Student Financial Services will prorate any aid package based on enrollment information received from the Registrar’s Office, in accordance with both federal and institutional regulations. For example: a student taking a leave in November will be charged tuition through the end of November, “registered” students health insurance coverage and university health fees will end the last day of the month of the official last date of attendance as recorded by the Registrar’s Office, and the living expense budget will be adjusted to 3/9ths of the full budget based on a nine-month academic year beginning in September. Tuition is charged until the Registrar receives the leave of absence request form. Students who provide written notice of withdrawal by the dates listed below will be charged as follows:
Table 8: Tuition Charges Related to Leaves and Withdrawals
|September 30||1/9 total annual charges|
|October 31||2/9 total annual charges|
|November 30||3/9 total annual charges|
|December 31||4/9 total annual charges|
|January 31||5/9 total annual charges|
|February 28||6/9 total annual charges|
|March 31||7/9 total annual charges|
|April 30||8/9 total annual charges|
|after April 30||Full Tuition|
Students who take a leave during the academic year may be required to repay a portion of the financial aid award since cash advances/refunds are disbursed at the beginning of each term in anticipation that students will be enrolled for the entire term. Students receive written notice of any outstanding balance that results from a leave of absence and are responsible for payment in full prior to re-enrolling at the Law School.
- Students on leave will no longer be eligible for in-school student loan deferment and may be expected to begin repayment on any outstanding loans immediately upon taking a leave or withdrawing, or after the applicable grace period has expired. Students who have taken a leave of absence during their degree studies may be required to begin loan repayment immediately after graduation as the one-time grace period may have been depleted during the leave.
- Students are required to have an exit interview regarding their loan status with Student Financial Services as soon as they determine that they will take a leave. At the exit interview an SFS representative will discuss the student’s anticipated award adjustment, bill adjustment and other financial implications of their leave. Additionally, students will be required to complete exit disclosure forms, receive lender information, and be apprised of future financial aid application deadlines.
- Students taking medical leave will be subject to the same guidelines stated above; tuition adjustments are determined by the Dean of Students Office. For more information on how taking a leave of absence affects financial aid, visit the Student Financial Services website.