Leave of Absence

I. Leave of Absence
Complete the LOA Form below

A Leave of Absence (LOA) may be granted to a student who applies for a temporary break from studies for up to two years or four semesters. A student on a processed LOA retains their admitted status; however, they do not have the rights and privileges of registered students as they are currently not attending classes. A student on a LOA may complete LMU course work for which the grade of Incomplete was submitted in the prior term and must comply with the policies, including all deadlines, concerning a grade of Incomplete.

Current students who are uncertain whether or not to take a LOA from the University are strongly urged to contact their advisor and/or Academic Dean's Office. Graduate students should contact their Program Director.

A student may take a LOA from the University on or before the last day to withdraw (WD) from a term (see Academic Calendars). A LOA in the current term cannot be processed if this deadline has passed. In this case, you should complete your courses and you will receive final grades in each. Your LOA will be processed after final grades have been posted, and take effect in the subsequent term.


  1. Drop all courses in PROWL in the current and any future terms which have registrations.
  2. Consult with the Dean’s Office, Financial Aid, Student Financial Services, and Student Housing (for residential students).
    1. Contact the Student Accounts Office to review your account and update any outstanding balances. Refunds are available based upon the University's Tuition Refund Schedule for the term.
    2. If you are a resident student, consult the Housing Office website.
  3. Other considerations: turn in library books, athletic equipment, film and television equipment, and any other items which belong to LMU.
  4. An international student must consult with the Office of International Students and Scholars to ensure that visa requirements will be satisfied.
  5. The extension of University-sponsored student health insurance may be available during a leave of absence. Consult Tuition Refund Insurance for more information.

II. Leave of Absence (for medical condition)
See Considerations (above) and complete the LOA Form below.

A Leave for a medical condition is to provide students time away from Loyola Marymount University campus for treatment of a physical or mental health condition that impairs a student’s ability to function safely and successfully as a member of our community. Students are highly encouraged to contact the Student Affairs Dean’s Office (SADO) to talk to a Community of Care (COC) Case Manager to discuss the reasons for the request. Malone Student Center 301 - (310) 338-3756 - Community of Care Website

III. Exception to University Policy: Late Medical Leave of Absence (do not use form below - use this form)

After the last day to withdraw in the semester, but before the final day of classes, students may withdraw from courses for medical or psychological reasons only. Students who wish to take a LOA after the deadline must follow the Late Medical Leave of Absence procedure.

IV. Exception to University Policy: Late Leave of Absence
Complete the LOA form below.

Non-medical emergency requests may be considered in cases of military deployment, natural disasters, etc. Use the Exception to University Policy form‌ to request the exception; please be concise on the form but include the pertinent facts as well as the documentation to support the request. Attach the exception form to the form below. Students granted a late LOA after the deadline are not eligible for tuition refund.