If you determine that it is not possible or in your best interest to complete the coursework in which you are currently enrolled, you can request to take a leave of absence from the program.
To initiate a request for a leave of absence, you should first talk with your faculty advisor, who will refer you to the campus dean to determine how and when to take the leave of absence. You must discuss the implications of a leave of absence with your school leaders, applicable partner programs (such as Teach For America or New York City Teaching Fellows), and SFS. There may be significant professional, academic, and financial consequences to suspending enrollment in the program. For details, see Financial Obligations upon Changes to Enrollment.
Once you have confirmed a leave of absence is the right decision, you must formally submit a leave of absence application to Relay. Directions for accessing and submitting an application are available in Support Center. You are still enrolled students at Relay, with corresponding academic, financial, and administrative responsibilities, until the leave of absence is processed and you receive email verification of the leave of absence.
Relay will notify you via email upon approval of your leave of absence and inform you of leave and re-entrance procedures. SFS will follow up with you about how to pay any outstanding Relay tuition and fees, including any deferred tuition balances newly made payable due to the leave. Please see Billing Due Dates and Refund Policy for more information. Students who return from leave of absences may also have to pay for coursework they are required to repeat.
You should note that a leave of absence will be treated as a withdrawal for the purposes of Title IV federal financial aid. This may require students who have taken a leave of absence to return a portion of unearned federal loans or grants. For more information about the return of Title IV funds, please see Return of Title IV.