According to federal regulations, a student who has received Federal Financial Aid and has been granted a leave of absence by the school is NOT considered withdrawn from school. A school may approve a leave of absence to a student provided:
- The student has made a written request to be granted a leave of absence, signed and approved by their advisor.
- The leave of absence involves no additional charges by the school to the student.
- In any 12 months, the student can have no more than one leave of absence, and the leave of absence cannot exceed 6 months.
- The leave of absence is authorized under these stipulations: medical reasons, job crisis, significant family sickness or death and other extenuating circumstances.