Thinking about requesting a withdrawal or leave of absence?

What you need to know first:
  • A leave of absence is an approved temporary break from University studies for one or more terms with the intent to return for a future term.
  • Being placed on a non-sanctioned leave of absence means you did not formally request an approved leave of absence, and did not enroll for classes by the add/drop deadline. While on non-sanctioned leave, you are not eligible for NYU student health insurance. After one term of non-sanctioned leave, if you do not request an approved leave of absence or enroll, you will be withdrawn from NYU.
  • A term withdrawal means you are withdrawing from all of your classes for a term. A term withdrawal requested after the drop/add deadline of the term will result in W grades on your transcript. 
  • A total withdrawal means you intend to stop your studies at the University before completing your program, and do not intend to return for a future term. A total withdrawal requested after the drop/add deadline of the term will result in W grades on your transcript. 
  • When requesting a leave and/or withdrawal you accept financial responsibility for all charges (including collection of fees) associated with your request according to the University refund/liability schedule. View the Refund Policy.
  • Withdrawing can impact your visa eligibility and/or financial aid. It’s important to understand those impacts before you take a leave of absence or withdraw.
    • International students, contact the Office of Global Services with questions.
    • Financial Aid recipients, contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions. 
      • Also note: for the purposes of determining the refund of federal student aid funds, if you withdraw from NYU for any reason during the first 60% of any term, you will be subject to a pro rata schedule which will be used to determine the amount of federal funds you have earned upon the date you submitted your request to withdraw. If you withdraw after the 60% point, you will have earned 100% of the Title IV funds, if otherwise eligible. NYU aid will be adjusted according to University and department policy.
What you need to do:
  • Always speak with your school advisor or department when you are considering a leave of absence or term/total withdrawal, or if you are uncertain about any of the information on this web-page.
  • Submit your request for an approved leave of absence, total withdrawal, or term withdrawal in your Albert Student Center by clicking the “Request Leave of Absence” or “Request Term/Total Withdrawal” link (on the Homepage of your Student Center, under your Enrolled Courses). An email confirmation will be sent to your NYU email address after you submit your request.
  • Do not submit a request for leave of absence or term/total withdrawal if:
    • You want to drop individual classes, but will remain registered in other classes.  
    • You intend to complete remaining graduation or research requirements that do not require registration for additional credit-bearing classes.
      • Instead, contact your department to discuss options for registering for “Maintenance of Matriculation.”

Questions?
  • About whether or not you should take a leave of absence or withdraw:
  • About requesting a leave of absence or withdrawal in Albert Student Center:
  • About the impact a leave of absence or withdrawal will have on your financial aid:
  • About how a leave of absence or withdrawal will affect your campus housing: 
    • Contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services at housing@nyu.edu
  • About how a leave of absence or withdrawal will impact your visa status: