Any student requesting a leave of absence (LOA) from the institution must submit a written request to the Registrar‘s Office. The LOA request form is located at the Registrar’s Office of every campus or can be downloaded from the FNU website. Distance learning students must submit the completed form to the Registrar’s Office via either e-mail ( or or fax at (305) 362 0595, Attention to: Registrar’s Office. Additional questions to the Distance Learning Dept. can be emailed to

The Leave of Absence must be requested ONLY during the ADD/DROP period. The request needs to be signed and dated by the student and must include the date student expects to return to school. The request must be approved by the Campus Registrar and a Financial Aid officer.

Federal regulations allow an approved leave of absence of no more than 180 days. There are no exceptions. Multiple leave of absences can be granted not exceeding 180 days.

An LOA extends the graduation date. Students on LOA will normally not be able to maintain their course sequencing.

A student on leave of absence will not incur additional charges by the school during this period, though monthly payments must continue during the LOA.

If the student does not report back to FNU by the add/drop period of the following semester, the student will be considered to have withdrawn from school as of the first day of the new semester.

The University has thirty days after the last day of an approved leave of absence to process financial assistance refunds to grantors. By official regulation, international students may use a leave of absence (LOA) only after completion of one academic year (8 months).

Leave of Absence Form

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