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Leave of Absence

For various reasons, students sometimes find it necessary or desirable to interrupt their enrollment at Pace University. The reasons for a leave of absence include, but are not limited to, the following:1

  • To pursue academic endeavors elsewhere such as studying or conducting research at another institution
  • Financial hardship
  • An internship
  • A serious medical condition of the student’s spouse, domestic partner, sibling, parent, child or step-child 2
  • Employment obligations

A leave of absence pursuant to this Leave of Absence Policy may commence during a semester or prior to the beginning of a semester and is limited to two consecutive semesters, excluding summer semesters. A student, who is unable to complete the semester and applies for a leave of absence, must also withdraw from the courses in which he or she currently is enrolled and will receive a “W” for each course from which the student withdrew. Although the “W” grades will appear on the student’s transcript, they will not affect the student’s cumulative quality grade point average. In addition, the student will be subject to the Tuition Cancellation Policy and certain financial aid rules and procedures. (Further information about the impact of a leave of absence on a student’s financial aid may be found below under Financial Aid.)

Students must complete the Leave of Absence application here.

For further information about the Leave of Absence policy visit this page.