Changes to your course
Taking a leave of absence, withdrawing from your course, or changing to less than half-time study.
If you withdraw from studies, suspend your studies for more than 180 days, or drop below half-time study you will become ineligible for US Direct Loans. You should contact Student Financial Support as soon as you can. Do not wait until the change in your enrolment status is confirmed.
We, and you, may be required to return some of your loan funds. Full information is available in our Return to Title IV Policy: R2T4 Policy (PDF , 218kb).
Leave of absence
You must consult with an Immigration Adviser and inform SFSU before taking a Leave of Absence.
Leaves of Absence less that 180 days
You will not be able to receive any US Direct Loan funds whilst on an approved Leave of Absence.
Leaves of Absence more than 180 days
If your leave of absence is over 180 days in a 12 month period you will be considered have withdrawn for US Loan purposes. A return of funds calculation may be necessary.
You must consult with an Immigration Adviser before making the decision to withdraw.
You must contact Student Financial Support as soon as possible if you are planning to completely withdraw from your programme. A return of funds calculation may be necessary.
If you wish to submit your thesis before the end of the academic year, please contact Student Financial Support before doing so. Once you have submitted your thesis, your student status will change and your eligibility for loans will end. If your loan ends before all of your university fees are paid then you will be personally responsible for the balance.