Leave of Absence

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Though students are expected to complete their baccalaureate degree by enrolling at Lehigh for four consecutive academic years, we recognize that there are circumstances when this may not occur. We encourage students who are uncertain about their enrollment plans for any fall/spring term, to contact the Dean of Students Office to discuss their situations. Should students ultimately choose to take some time away from Lehigh for any reason, they must request a Leave of Absence (LOA) by submitting the required paperwork prior to the start of the term they which to take the leave.

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Leave of Absence Policy Information

  • Current Lehigh University students are prohibited from concurrent enrollment at any other college or university. Courses taken concurrently will not be eligible to apply towards a Lehigh degree. An exception is made for cross registration at another LVAIC institution.
  • Students cannot assume that a leave will be granted to study at another college or university (this policy does not apply for study abroad through the auspices of Lehigh Abroad or LVAIC programs). The program of study and reason for the leave must be approved by the Committee on the Standing of Students.
  • Students wishing to earn credits at another institution during their leave from Lehigh must also complete the Transfer of Credit Form prior to enrollment. Please visit Registration & Academic Services website for more information about the processes for transfer course approval prior to enrolling in the courses: Transfer Credit Policy. Students may take courses at another institution during a summer term without requesting an academic leave of absence.
  • If unapproved leaves are taken, students are declared as non-returning and must request readmission through the Dean of Students if they wish to re-enroll in a future term. Courses taken at another college or university while on an unapproved leave will not be permitted to transfer toward a Lehigh University baccalaureate degree.

Staying Connected

It is important for us to maintain a connection with students who are taking leaves of absence. To that end, your Lehigh email account will remain active during this period. You will also be able to access your academic information in Banner using your LIN and PIN through the secure log-in on the Registration & Academic Services website.

Please contact the following offices for more specific information about a Leave of Absence as it relates to:

Bursar’s Office: inburs@lehigh.edu, 610.758.3160
Billing and payment deadlines; tuition and board plan refund policy and process
Financial Aid: infao@lehigh.edu, 610.758.3181
Application deadlines upon return, eligibility for financial aid
Housing Services: inhouse@lehigh.edu, 610.758.3500
Housing selection and process for a future term of enrollment, housing refund
Registration & Academic Services (RAS): ras@lehigh.edu, 610.758.3500
Transfer credit policy; request for transcripts

Returning to Lehigh

When you are ready to re-enroll, you must complete the Readmission Form.  In order to register for classes during the official registration time period, this form needs to be completed by October 15 or March 15 for the fall and spring terms, respectively, in order to allow time to process your readmission. *Readmission requests will still be processed if submitted after October 15 or March 15, however, you may miss the official course registration period.

Transitioning back to university life may be challenging in some ways and we want to ensure you have a successful return. To that end, you will be invited to participate in the Academic Coaching & Educational Support (ACES) Program in the Center for Academic Success which is designed to assist you in defining and reaching your academic goals.


If you any additional questions regarding the Leave of Absence and related processes, please contact Academic Life and Student Transitions at inacsup@lehigh.edu or 610.758.4159.