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Leave of Absence and Withdrawal Information

Leaves of Absence

Any student not subject to academic or conduct action may take a temporary leave of absence form UNH. Students interested in taking a leave of absence may email the Office of the Registrar's Leave Coordinator at UNH.withdrawals@unh.edu. Students who would like to be counseled on their decision may contact their Dean's Office.

Students taking a leave for health reasons should contact Health & Wellness.

A leave of absence may impact student loan deferment and/or loan repayment. Remember to contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss your financial aid status.

A student will not be granted transfer credit for academic work taken during the Leave of Absence.

Students who wish to attend another institution or otherwise do not wish to continue their education at UNH should withdraw.

For more information about leaves of absence, click here.

Student Rules, Rights and Responsibilities: 3.3; 03.32

Withdrawal from the University

Students who do not wish to return to UNH may withdraw. Withdrawing is a big decision. Students wishing to be counseled on their decision may contact their Dean's Office. Students who wish to withdraw may contact the Office of the Registrar's Leave Coordinator at UNH.withdrawals@unh.edu.

Students withdrawing for health reasons should contact Health & Wellness.

For more information about withdrawing, click here.

Student Rules, Rights and Responsibilities: 3.3; 03.32

The Counseling Center is available for assistance with personal circumstances at (603) 862-2090.

Financial Aid and/or Business Services staff are available for assistance with financial circumstances and provide information about the financial consequences of withdrawing.

Returning from a Leave of Absence

Students returning from a leave of absence must complete a Return from Leave of Absence Form by June 1 if returning for a Fall semester or by November if returning for a Spring semester. Completed forms should be emailed to UNH.Withdrawals@unh.edu. Students will be reinstated into the same major at the point of their leave’s start. Normally, leaves of absence may not exceed three academic years or six semesters, exclusive of J-Term and Summer Session. Exceptions to the leave of absence policy will be granted by the University Academic Standards and Advising Committee and only in unusual circumstances.

If students wish to be admitted into a different major when returning from a leave, they should not fill out the Return from Leave of Absence Form. Instead, they must apply for readmission through the Admissions Office. The readmission form and more information can be found by visiting Previously Enrolled Students on the Admissions website.

Students who took a leave of absence for health reasons must complete the Return from Leave of Absence Form and also must be cleared by the Executive Director of Health & Wellness (or designee) before returning. Students must obtain a letter from the health care provider who has treated them since their departure, indicating the extent of treatment and the provider's assessment of their readiness to resume studies, a description of the current status of their condition, and any special needs they may require upon their arrival on campus. Have the letter sent directly to Health & Wellness, Executive Director’s Office, 4 Pettee Brook Lane, Durham, NH 03824.