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Educational Leave

Any registered student, undergraduate or graduate, in good academic standing may request an Educational Leave. Students requesting an Educational Leave must complete an Educational Leave Form, in advance, including an explanation of their reasons for seeking the leave and a statement of when they intend to resume academic work.  

The information below gives you detailed information on CSULB's Educational Leave Policy.



Students may take a leave of absence from CSULB for one or two consecutive semesters without having to re-apply to the University. Students are eligible to apply for an educational leave if they:

  • Are admitted/matriculated at CSULB
  • Are in good academic standing with the University
  • Have completed at least one semester (Fall or Spring) and have earned units at CSULB as an admitted student and not had a break in enrollment
  • Have not filed to graduate in the semester of requested educational leave

Why Take an Educational Leave?

Students are required to maintain continuous enrollment at CSULB. In order to maintain continuous enrollment, the student must attend and complete at least one class every Fall and Spring semester after he/she is admitted unless the student has applied for an educational leave. Any student who does not attend a Fall and Spring semester and does not obtain an approved educational leave will not be able to register for the next semester. The student will have to re-apply to CSULB and will be subject to the requirements of the Catalog dated the year they re-apply.

Please note: While on educational leave, you may not attend another CSU campus. CSULB students who want to attend classes at another CSU institution must meet the eligibility criteria and submit the Concurrent and Visitor Enrollment Form to the Office of Enrollment Services.

How to Request an Educational Leave 

  1. If enrolled, the student should drop all classes using MyCSULB for the term in which the leave will be taken.

  2. Students should complete the Application for Educational Leave (PDF) form obtaining the required signatures.

  3. Students should submit the completed, signed application form to Enrollment Services by the last day of the previous semester.

    • Spring 2020: December 20, 2019
      • Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave without $10 missed deadline fee
    • Fall 2020: May 22, 2020
      • Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave without $10 missed deadline fee
  4. Students who miss this deadline must pay a $10 missed deadline fee. Late applications will be accepted only until the last day of the semester in which the educational leave will be taken.

    • Spring 2020: May 22, 2020
      • Last day of semester
    • Fall 2020: December 23, 2020
      • Last day of semester

If a student is subsequently placed on academic disqualification, the University will revoke the approved educational leave. For more information, refer to the University Catalog.

Educational Leave Workshops

Need some time away from CSULB?

Sometimes students need to take time off from their studies to address other things going on in their lives. If you are considering this option, please be sure to attend one of our Educational Leave workshops. During this 1-hour information session, we'll discuss the benefits of taking an Educational Leave and explain the requirements. You’ll learn how to avoid losing your catalog rights and having to re-apply to the University in order to continue enrolling and complete your academic goals. To attend one of the following Zoom workshops below, just send a note to and we'll get you signed up. You will receive a Zoom meeting invitation with the login information.​

  • Thursday, July 2 (2-3 p.m.)
  • Friday, July 24 (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
  • Friday, August 14 (2-3 p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 27 (9:30-10:30 a.m.)