Being or becoming a parent can dramatically change the schedule and responsibilities placed on you. Alternative class schedules or a leave of absence may be necessary in order for pregnant or parenting students to juggle family, and possibly work duties, while trying to complete their academic program. USD is here to support you in any way it can. Being a pregnant or parenting student does not mean that you cannot finish your degree. USD offers many options to allow you to finish your coursework.
For some parents maintaining a full-time class schedule may be overwhelming, at least initially. Changing to a part-time class schedule may provide parenting students with the opportunity to continue working towards their academic goals while also taking time to focus on their family. It is important to note that changing from full-time status to part-time status may impact your financial aid award and health insurance eligibility. If you are an undergraduate student interested in switching to part-time studies, you are encouraged to talk with your academic advisor, financial aid, and your insurance company to see how part-time study may impact you academically as well as financially.
Most graduate programs offer students the opportunity to attend class on a part-time basis. If you are a graduate student interested in switching to a part-time program, please see your academic advisor to inquire about the options. If you or your advisor are uncertain as to the policies and procedures for part-time study, please contact Graduate Records.
If you are a law student interested in switching to the part-time program, please contact the Office for JD Student Affairs in Warren Hall Room 206.
Leave of Absence
If you need to temporarily put your education on hold, you may request a leave of absence for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. The leave of absence must be requested by the last day to enroll in classes for that semester. To avoid tuition charges, the request must be filed before the last day of classes. Students must file the official Undergraduate Student Leave of Absence form with the Center for Student Success located in the Hahn University Center, Room 114. More information about this process is available in the Academic Regulations.
If you need to temporarily put your education on hold, you may request a leave of absence. A leave of absence allows students in good standing to take time off and return to the university without applying for readmission. Under ordinary circumstances, leaves will be granted for up to one calendar year. It is important to note that a leave of absence may trigger the beginning of the loan repayment period for students with loan deferments.
Graduate students should see their academic advisor to request a leave of absence. The Petition for Leave of Absence form is available from the One Stop Student Center or Graduate Records. Permission for a leave must be approved by your advisor and program director or coordinator prior to submission for final processing. More information about leave of absence for graduate students is available online.
Law students may also request a leave of absence. Law students should contact the Office for JD Student Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Warren Hall Room 206 to discuss this option.