The Time-Off Program is for Graduate, Law and MBA students only. If you're an undergraduate student looking for information on taking a leave of absence, please see the Return Chart.
The Time-Off Program is an approved, planned leave of absence for up to three terms off, including summers, without having to reapply to the university. The program guarantees your place in your current program and allows access to certain benefits during your leave of absence. If you do not enroll in the Time-Off Program, you will be discontinued from CU-Boulder. You will then have to reapply in order to return. If this is your first term at CU-Boulder and you withdraw by the third Wednesday of classes, you are not eligible for the Time-Off Program.
The Time-Off Program will not maintain the deferment status of your loans, and your loans may go into repayment during your leave of absence. Be sure to contact your loan providers so you understand how your leave of absence will affect your loans.
If you are called to military active duty, please see our Procedures for Students Ordered to Active Duty webpage for more information.
1. Complete a Withdrawal Form (see Resources for Withdrawing in sidebar) and start the withdrawal process.
2. Complete the Time-Off Program Application by doing the following:
a. Obtain permission for your leave of absence by contacting your department. You may contact your student advisor or the department chair.
b. Once you have received your department's approval, you'll need to obtain the permission of your college:
i. Graduate school students may contact the Graduate School at 303-492-8220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ii. Law School students may contact the Law School Student Affairs team at email@example.com.
iii. MBA students may contact the MBA program at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-492-8397.
3. Once the application is complete and the signatures have been received, mail or hand deliver the completed application to the Office of the Registrar.
4. An administrative fee is required, payable only by cash or check. If paying by check, make it out to the University of Colorado Boulder. Please include your name on the check in the memo field.
NOTE: The required signatures and the $50 fee must accompany the Time-Off Application or it will not be processed. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the signatures from their departments and their colleges.
Many of the benefits available through the Time-Off Program may require additional fees and approval. Please speak to the department offering the benefit for more information about fees and approval.
The Time-Off Program allows you to:
The Time-Off Program does not:
A copy of the Time-Off Program Application from the Office of the Registrar may be required as proof to access benefits with certain departments.
You may complete the Time-Off Program Application anytime until the last day of classes of the term you are withdrawing from. 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 for Withdrawing 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 Time-Off 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 email@example.com 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.
Requests to change the return date to can be emailed from an official colorado.edu email account to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests should specify the returning term.
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 email@example.com.
Between June 15 and July 31, the Office of the Registrar will provide extended phone hours of 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.
Our office, email and chat hours will follow summer business hours of 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.
If you intend to graduate in Spring 2015, complete each item below by the date listed. To find out about your graduation requirements, contact your department or advisor.