Graduate students who determine that it is not possible or in their best interest to complete the coursework in which they are currently enrolled can request to take a leave of absence from the program. A leave of absence is valid for one calendar year (12 months); after one calendar year, Relay will withdraw graduate students from the program permanently.
To initiate a request for a leave of absence, graduate students should first talk with their faculty members, who will refer graduate students in need to the assistant dean of students to determine how and when to take the leave of absence. Graduate students will need to discuss the implications of a leave of absence with their school leaders, applicable partner programs (such as NYCTF or TFA), and Relay. There may be financial, professional, and academic consequences to suspending enrollment in the program.
Once graduate students have confirmed a leave of absence is the right decision, they must formally submit a request form to the Office of Admissions and Enrollment. Directions for accessing and submitting the form are available in the GEN-101 course. Graduate students are still enrolled students at Relay, with corresponding academic, financial, and administrative responsibilities, until the leave of absence form is processed and they receive e-mail verification of the leave of absence from the Office of Admissions and Enrollment.
The Office of Admissions and Enrollment will notify graduate students via e-mail that they have approved the leave of absence and inform the student of exit and reentrance procedures. The Office of Student Financial Services will follow up with graduate students about how to pay any outstanding Relay tuition and fees.
Graduate students 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 graduate students who have taken a leave of absence to return a portion of unearned Title IV funds, namely direct unsubsidized loan funds.