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Leave of Absence

Undergraduate students who would like to take more than one semester off must submit a Leave of Absence (LOA) to hold their place at CSUSB. The LOA covers both emergent and planned interruptions or situations. With an approved Leave of Absence, a student can be absent from CSUSB without losing their enrollment eligibility and specific degree requirements.

Leave of Absence should be submitted before the expected term of absence. The LOA starts with the first semester of absence indicated on the form. Retroactive requests for medical and military LOA may be considered if supported by documented extenuating circumstances. Personal and planned educational leaves cannot be retroactive. The maximum duration for any leave of absence is two calendar years, although exceptions may be granted due to documented extenuating circumstances.

Please review the University Bulletin for the complete Leave of Absence policy. Contact the Office of Advising and Academic Services in University Hall, Room 380 (UH-380) for more information.

The Leave of Absence petition can now be submitted through your MyCoyote Student Center. Please review the instructions below. 

Leave of Absence "How-To" Guide

How to Request an Extension

Please allow 5 - 7 working days for processing. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Brooks at 


Contact the Office of the Registrar if you plan to return earlier than your approved Leave of Absence.

Are you a graduate student? The Graduate Studies Leave of Absence can be found on the office's Forms site, under the Current Students section.