Taking a Leave of Absence After the Semester Begins

While leaves should typically be arranged well in advance of the start of the semester, sometimes unexpected circumstances—such as a medical emergency—will require the interruption of your studies after the semester has begun. Work with your instructors and academic advisor to determine whether it is possible to complete the classes you have started; consulting with the USC about options can also be helpful.

Below you will find information on the implications associated with arranging a mid-semester leave, the process steps for arranging a mid-semester leave, and information on mid-semester leaves and tuition/fee adjustments.  We share this information on line, knowing students may wish to review this with advisors, health care providers, family, and others–but it is very important, if you are considering a leave of absence once the semester is underway, that you speak with an associate director at the USC.

To plan your return from a leave of absence taken on or after the first day of the semester, please see Planning Your Return.