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What is a Leave of Absence?

A leave of absence is a temporary leave from the university, which may be necessary during your academic career.

Typically, a leave of absence is for one semester or one academic year. A leave of absence may be extended by contacting an academic advisor.

Declaring a Leave of Absence communicates to the University that the student will not be enrolling at USC for the current or upcoming term, but plans to continue their studies at USC in a future term. Declaring a Leave of Absence also ensures that the student’s program of study and access to services remain active.

Types of Leave

When a student submits the Leave of Absence form, they must select a reason for the leave. Although multiple factors may contribute to the need to take a leave of absence, students are asked to select just one option for the primary reason the leave is being taken.

Academic

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Financial

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Foreign Aid Service

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Health-related

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Military Service

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Personal or Family

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Professional Opportunity

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Religious Mission

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What You Need to Know

Filing a leave of absence for undergraduates is primarily a declaration process – that is, there is not an approval or denial given.

Filing for Leave

Inform the University about your intended leave.

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Financial Aid

Contact FAO before a leave and before returning.

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Returning To USC

Important information to review before you return to the University.

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