Military Leave


Students absent from CSULB to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States may be eligible for:

  • Deferred Admission - Incoming students who cannot attend the first semester due to military obligation
  • Military Leave - Current students who must take a break in order to fulfill a military obligation
  • Readmission of Servicemembers - Discontinued servicemembers and veterans who were absent from CSULB for service in the Armed Forces and were not on an approved military or educational leave

Students requesting deferred admission or readmission must submit an Application for Military Leave (DocuSign). Current students can submit a request for military leave in MyCSULB Student Center. Instructions are on the Educational Leave section of Enrollment Services' website. 

As provided for in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, students will be allowed to return to the same program with the same academic standing based on the following provisions:

  • Absence is due to active duty service in the Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserves, for more than 30 days.
  • The cumulative length of all absences for service in the uniformed services may not exceed five years. This period includes only the time spent actually performing service, not the period before reporting for duty and the time between completing service and returning to the institution.
  • The servicemember or veteran notifies the CSULB Veterans Services Office of the intent to re-enroll within 3 years of completion of military service. A student who is injured during or becomes ill as a consequence of military service must submit his/her intent to re-enroll not later than 2 years after the end of the period that is necessary for recovery from such illness or injury.
  • Students will be returning to the same academic program, with the same academic standing that they were in at the time the absence began. Students will be returning to the next class or classes in their program after they provide notice of their intent to reenroll.
  • Eligibility under the terms of the HEOA terminates upon any of the following events:
    • Being separated from the Armed Forces with a dishonorable discharge.
    • Being dismissed as permitted under section 1161(a) of title 10, United States Code.
    • Being dropped from the rolls pursuant to section 1161(b) of title 10, United States Code.

A service member or veteran who does not meet these criteria is subject to current CSULB admissions requirements. Questions regarding CSULB's policy or procedures for military leave should be directed to the Veterans Services Office.