Leave of Absence & Deferment

Acceptable reasons to defer your scholarship or to receive a leave of absence include, but are not limited to: military service, medical, or church service. Requests must be approved by the appropriate committee. You cannot defer a scholarship or receive a leave of absence and attend any other institution of higher learning.

The leave of absence allows you to return without reapplying or paying any associated reapplication fee. You must notify the admissions and scholarship offices of your return in a timely manner. Contact the Registrar's office to drop courses, if you have registered for the semester you plan to leave. Scholarship deferments and/or leaves of absence may be granted for a maximum of five semesters.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restricts information from being released or another person conducting business for a student. You may consider giving authorization to transact business for you during your absence. This will allow someone else to assist you with registering for classes, review statements, etc.

Before Departure on Deferment: 

If I am going on a mission/military, when should I file for my Leave of Absence or Deferment?

Mission: You should file your Leave of Absence or Deferment request once you have received your call & know your leave & return dates.

Military: For Military, you will need copies of your active duty order along with the deferment papers filled out.

Are there deadlines for submitting a deferment request?

There is no deadline for submitting a request, however there are deadlines concerning tuition refunds, class grades, and transcript notes that are taken into consideration while processing student's requests.

What if a Leave of Absence or Deferment request needs to be extended/shortened?

If your plans change and you need to extend/shorten your request, you can either contact our office: phone 435-586-­7735, fax 435-586-­7736 or submit another request to finaid@suu.edu . Your request will be reviewed & you will be notified of the decision of the committee.

Before you Return/Upon Arrival Back from Deferment: 

Can my parents help me register if I haven't returned from my leave/deferment?

Parents & Families can help students register & act in the student's behalf after the student have filled out and submitted the FERPA form.

If I have never attended college and need to register for classes before my leave is over, how can I do that?

In order to register for classes as a first­time, full­time student at SUU, the student must first pay his or her Enrollment Deposit. In many cases, this was paid at the time the student deferred (before the student left on his or her mission/military service). Once the Enrollment Deposit is paid, the student will receive an email from a Student Success Advisor (SSA) and/or Assistant Coach for Excellence and Success (ACES). This email will contain the instructions for registering for classes. In particular, this email will contain the link for the student to complete his or her T­Bird Takeoff Questionnaire (TTQ). This is an electronic questionnaire. Once completed, this questionnaire will allow the SSA to register the student for classes.

However, due to lack of internet access or inability to access particular links while on a mission or in the military, accessing the TTQ may not be possible. In these instances, please download the Deferred Academic Registration Questionnaire (DARQ), fill it out, and then email it to Jodi Simmons, the Coordinator of Parent and Family Services, at jodileesimmons@suu.edu. The DARQ will then be used to register the student for his or her classes. The schedule will then be emailed to the student prior to the start of school. Please note that the student will still need to complete the TTQ once he or she gets home and has internet access.

Note: The above process only applies to first ­time, full­time freshmen. If the student has previously attended SUU, he/she must register on their own through their portal. They do not need to fill out the TTQ or DARQ.

What if I was admitted to Southern Utah University but have decided I no longer want to attend?

Simply email admissions@suu.eduto let them know that you will not be attending the University.

Will the deferment request put my grants on​​ hold?

Federal grants cannot be placed on hold as they are awarded on a yearly basis. You can apply for federal grants again prior to your return from a leave of absence. The time you should apply is dependent upon when you will be returning to SUU. The application for financial aid begins in January for the following academic year, and must be applied for annually. The free online application can be found at fafsa.ed.gov.

Will the deferment request put my Student Loans on hold?

This request will not put student loans on hold. In order to defer payments to your student loans during your leave, you will need to contact the loan service provider directly. The contact information can be found at: nslds.ed.gov. UNLESS you have a Perkins Loan. Contact: Amy Blackner at amyblackner@suu.edu or 435-586-7709.

When I am working on my request for student loans, how do I know if I am a newly admitted, returning, or current student?

A Newly Admitted student is a student that has never attended SUU before, but has received an offer of admission.

A Returning Student is a student that has previously attended SUU, has been withdrawn, and has re­applied to continue their education.

A Current Student has an active student status and is currently attending courses at SUU, or has attended in the last 2 semesters. (If you are on a Leave of Absence you are still considered a current student as your status is held.)

What do I need to do once I am no longer deferred?

If you are newly admitted students at SUU, you must complete the pre-registration checklist with your current student ACE as part of your orientation to SUU. You can find more information on what to do contacting your student ACE  or aces@suu.edu .