Marguerite Dennis, Higher Education Consultant
Things happen. Some students get sick or have to return home because some member of the family is sick. Some adult learners change jobs and cannot juggle the demands of a new position and school at the same time. Some families cannot meet tuition payments. If for some reason you need to take a leave of absence, be sure you understand the rules for officially withdrawing from school, and at the same time, find out the process for readmission.
If you receive federal or state financial aid and need to leave school, there may be consequences. Don’t be surprised if you start receiving notices to begin repaying your student loans. Get all of this sorted out before you leave school. You should already have the names and contact information for you first year academic advisor, registrar, bursar, and financial aid counselor, if you have followed my other advice. Contact each of them if you have to leave school.
If you do have to leave school, maybe you can take an online course, or an approved MOOC? Why not? Technology has made it possible for you to continue with your studies even if you cannot be physically present on campus.