Students are allowed to take a leave of absence from the University of Colorado Boulder; however, the leave-of-absence process differs for undergraduate and graduate students.
Undergraduate students may take up to two semesters off plus summer after their last graded semester at CU Boulder without having to apply for a leave of absence. Please refer to the return chart. Undergraduate students may choose to participate in certain optional CU Boulder benefits during their semester(s) away.
Graduate students must apply for a leave of absence for the fall or spring semesters. Graduate students who do not apply for a leave of absence will be discontinued and must reapply to the university in order to return to CU Boulder.
If you are called to military active duty, please see Procedures for Students Ordered to Active Duty.
NOTE: The required signatures and the $50 fee must accompany the application or it will not be processed. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the signatures from their departments and their colleges.
A leave of absence does not:
A copy of the application from the Office of the Registrar may be required as proof to access benefits with certain departments.
Undergraduate degree-seeking students are auotmatically eligible to return to the university within 1–3 terms (including summer; up to 4 with restrictions) from their last graded semester without readmitting or reapplying through Admissions. Please refer to the return chart. Students may leave the university, preserve the enrollment appointment priority and return to the university. Students do not have to apply for a leave of absence in order to register for their return semester; however, in order to maintain access to optional benefits, a leave of absence application is required.
Graduate students are required to apply for an official leave of absence in order to return to CU Boulder in the future without reapplying.
New/transfer students who drop all their classes by the first drop deadline are not eligible. Students with questions or extenuating situations may contact the Graduate School for further guidance at 303-492-8220 or email@example.com.
You may complete the application any time until the last day of classes of the term from which you're withdrawing. Again, withdrawal fees are assessed based on the withdrawal calendar. To avoid withdrawal fees, you must be withdrawn at least 10 days prior to the start of the term. If you do not follow the refund/assessment schedule (see "Withdrawal Information" in the Resources sidebar), additional fees or full tuition may be assessed. For Wardenburg Health Center insurance purposes, please file by the second week of school.
Depending on when you withdraw from a term, you may be refunded the confirmation deposit, unless you owe money to the university. A refund of the confirmation deposit is dependent on when you withdraw, not on when you submit the application. If the confirmation deposit is refunded, the refund will be sent about 6 to 8 weeks after the start of the fall or spring term from which you withdrew.
Student must pay back the confirmation deposit after returning to the university and registering for Main Campus classes.
Contact the Bursar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-492-5381 for information regarding a financial account.
In order to return, you must register for classes through MyCUInfo. The Office of the Registrar automatically provides an enrollment appointment for your returning term. An email reminder is sent to your official colorado.edu email account in October for spring term, February for summer and March for fall. Holds may prevent you from registering, so check your account before your enrollment appointment begins.
If you are unable to return by the deadline, you will be discontinued from the university. In order to return, you would need to reapply through the Admissions Office at email@example.com or 303-492-6301.
Graduate students must obtain the dean's permission to extend their return date.
Graduate, law and MBA students must receive approval from their department first, and then contact the graduate, law or MBA program for further guidance. In some cases, returning late may affect in-state tuition status. For questions regarding in-state tuition status, contact Tuition Classification at 303-492-0907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.