Leave of Absence and Withdrawal

What is a leave of absence?

A leave of absence is a temporary interruption in studies, typically for a full semester.  Tuition is cancelled in accordance with the published tuition refund schedule.  A student on a leave of absence may not enroll as a degree candidate at another institution.  If you are absent for a semester without arranging for an approved leave, re-enrollment into your degree program cannot be guaranteed.

What is a withdrawal?

Students who decide not to continue their program of study at BU, or who enroll as a degree candidate elsewhere, must officially withdraw.  Tuition is cancelled in accordance with the published tuition refund schedule.

Leave of Absence and Withdrawal Resources


The University Service Center assists undergraduate degree candidates with leaves of absence and withdrawals, and information on this site is designed for this group.  Graduate, Metropolitan College, online, and non-degree (visiting) students will need to contact the appropriate office for assistance with leaves of absence and withdrawals.  If you need help identifying the correct office, view the list here or contact the USC for assistance.