Withdrawal and Leave of Absence Checklist and Resources
Withdrawing from all courses can affect financial aid (current and future), refunds, plans for degree completion, and re-enrollment plans. Be sure to contact each applicable office for important advising.
Getting Started Checklist
Throughout the semester, a variety of circumstances may lead you to consider whether you should remain enrolled. The best decision will be determined by a variety of factors: the specific circumstances, the number of degree credits earned, the time in the semester, money paid or owed, and academic goals.
It is import to speak with an academic and financial aid advisor, and depending on factors such as your affiliation with a special program or your need for campus services, you should also consult with each applicable office.
The date in which you withdraw has important implications for financial aid as it can impact your eligibility for financial aid in the current and future terms. An earlier withdraw date will not necessarily result in a refund if you receive financial aid.
Find more information on refunds or charges when withdrawing from all courses on the Student Accounting website.
Review Each Resource Section
You will find important information and points of contact for advising and questions.
- Academic Calendars - Important dates and deadline for withdrawals and course scheduling
- Academic Schools - Advising contacts, policies, and re-enrollment information
- Financial Assistance and Support
- Legal Status and Eligibility - International students, NCAA Athletes, ROTC, and Veterans
- Services - Email, Information Technology, and Health Services
- Dining, Housing, and Parking
Schools Policies, Advising & Re-Enrollment Guidelines
Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy
School guidelines specify that students are expected to meet with an advisor prior to withdrawing from all classes:
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Graduate School of Education
Mason Gross School for the Arts
Rutgers Business School
School of Arts and Sciences
School of Communication & Information
- SCI Advising
School of Engineering
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
School of Management and Labor Relations
School of Nursing
School of Social Work
Students who are currently receiving any form of financial aid—loans, grants, scholarships, etc.—are strongly encouraged to communicate with the One Stop Student Services Center to ensure that all financial implications are understood prior to a full-term withdraw.
Merit scholarship guidelines specify that students maintain full-time enrollment. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans to withdraw and re-enroll with both the school of enrollment and their assigned Honors College Advisor. Students in the Honors College should refer to the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence policy of the academic school to which they are enrolled. Email Honors College advising.
The time of the withdrawal can have financial implications. Any EOF scholar considering a Withdrawal/Leave of Absence should consult with their EOF Counselor.
EOF scholars should refer to the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence policy of the academic school to which they are enrolled.
Visas: International Students
Student athletes should consult with their Athletic Academic Advisor prior to withdrawing to discuss the athletic eligibility implications. Student athletes should refer to the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence policy of the academic school in which they are enrolled.
Any ROTC cadet in receipt of scholarship, tuition remission, and/or other military benefits must contact their military cadre point of contact for their respective branch prior to any withdrawal processing.
Cadets should refer to the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence policy of the academic school in which they are enrolled.
Email, Learning Management Systems, and Software
Students should verify any Information Technology (IT) services needed after withdrawing from all courses. Some services which require authentication (NetID and Password) have a grace period which may last for one semester or longer. Examples include WebEx and ScarletMail; however, others like Rutgers Connect (MS365) and Box do not have a grace period and access will end once a student is no longer registered. Accounts may be permanently deleted following the grace period, so be sure to transfer your personal data promptly upon withdrawal.
A withdrawal or leave of absence can impact access to Student Health Services, Counseling, and the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). To determine which services may be impacted and how, please contact:
- Medical: 848-932-9167
- Counseling, Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS): 848-932-7884
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
SHIP offers enrollment under a Leave of Absence (LOA) for up to 12 months with the intent of returning to Rutgers University.
If you are taking a LOA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and ask for a LOA enrollment for the SHIP.
- Office of Student Health Insurance (Risk Management): 848-932-8285 or email@example.com
Students who live on campus are expected to move out within 48 hours after submitting the Withdrawal Form. Refunds are based on the date that keys are returned and student is checked out. Keys should be returned to the campus office for the building in which you live. For after-hours and weekends, keys can be left in an envelope with student information in the Key Drop at any Campus Student Services Office. No refunds are issued after November 15 for Fall and April 15 for Spring.
Questions? Call Residence Life Assignments Office at 848-445-0750, Option 2.