Leave of Absence and Readmission
Leave of Absence
If it is necessary for an enrolled student to “stop out” at the end of his/her enrollment year, it is to the student’s advantage to request an official Leave of Absence from the College. A student may request a Leave of Absence from the College for a one-year period by filling out the Leave of Absence Form and returning it to the Office of the Bursar with the processing fee. The request may also be made in writing if the student does not have the form. It is to a student’s advantage to wait until the enrollment fee is ready to expire before requesting a Leave of Absence (LOA) as the enrollment fee is due again upon returning from LOA.
Requesting an LOA does not entitle a student to an enrollment fee refund, nor does it freeze a students year of service. The Leave of Absence should be requested if the student does not plan, for any reason, to pay the Annual Enrollment Tuition. Being on a leave of absence from your degree program does NOT automatically withdraw you from your course enrollments. If you are currently enrolled in Thomas Edison State College courses, TECEP® examinations or portfolios, you must continue to work on them and adhere to all deadlines. If you are unable to continue with your courses, TECEP® examinations or portfolios, you must withdraw from them in accordance with the instructions given in your materials in addition to filing for a leave of absence. A student who requests a Leave of Absence may, within one year, become active by notifying the Office of the Bursar, paying the appropriate enrollment fees and completing the degree requirements for the year of his/her enrollment.
Applicants who do not enroll by paying the Annual Enrollment Tuition during the six-month period from the date of application must reapply by paying the Application Fee again and resubmitting all documents.
Enrolled students who do not renew their enrollment by paying the Annual Enrollment Tuition on their anniversary date and who do not officially request a Leave of Absence must reapply by filling out a new application for admission and paying the Application Fee and the Annual Enrollment Tuition, or complete and submit a Re-enrollment from Inactive Status form. The student’s anniversary enrollment date will be the new enrollment date. Students returning to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing from Leave of Absence will need to submit the Nursing Re-enrollment From Leave of Absence Form with appropriate fees.
Students returning to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing from Inactive Status will need to submit the Nursing Re-enrollment From Inactive Status Form with appropriate fees.
Readmission of Thomas Edison State College Graduates
Graduates of the College who return for a second degree must fill out an application for admission and pay only the current Annual Enrollment Tuition and Technology Services Fee.
Degree Requirements for Returning Students
Enrolled students who officially request a Leave of Absence from the College and re-enroll within a one-year period may complete the degree requirements that were in effect at the time of their initial enrollment if they continue in the same degree. If they re-enroll in a different degree, they will be required to complete the degree requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment. Enrolled students who do not officially request a Leave of Absence from the College and re-enroll will be required to complete the degree requirements in accordance with academic policies in effect at the time of re-enrollment.