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College Withdrawal/Leave of Absence

The College Withdrawal/Leave of Absence policy has many impacts including academic, financial, and residential housing.  Please read this page in its entirety.

If you need to withdraw or take a leave of absence from The College of New Jersey, you must review the College Withdrawal Policy.  A college withdrawal means that you will not be returning to the College to take any courses.  A leave of absence means that you are taking one full semester without enrollment away from the College with the intent to return to the College.  Any undergraduate student who does not register for two consecutive regular academic semesters will be discontinued and will have to apply for re-entry to the College.

If you are withdrawing due to military activation, please review the Military Withdrawal Policy.

College Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Process

College Withdrawal (not returning to the College)

  • Any student who is withdrawing from all courses for any given semester and who will not be returning to the College must apply for a Withdrawal from the College.
  • Complete the College Withdrawal Form.  After the form is received by the Office of Records & Registration, we will start the withdrawal process.  You will receive a confirmation email that the form has been received and processed from the Office of Records & Registration.
  • Refer to the Academic Calendar for important withdrawal related dates.

Leave of Absence (taking one full semester without enrollment away from the College with the intent to return to the College)

  • Any student who is withdrawing from all courses for any given semester must apply for a Leave of Absence from the College.
  • Complete the College Withdrawal Form.  After the form is received by the Office of Records & Registration, we will start the leave of absence process.  You will receive a confirmation email that the form has been received and processed form the Office of Records & Registration.
  • Any undergraduate student who does not register for two consecutive regular academic semesters will be discontinued and will have to apply for re-entry to the College.
  • Refer to the Academic Calendar for important withdrawal related dates.

If you are a resident student, please anticipate an email from Residential Education and Housing with instructions on moving out.  Generally, you are given 24 hours from the time and date of their email to be completely checked out of your room.

If you are withdrawing due to illness, injury or for psychological reasons and you purchased the Tuition Protection Plan, you will need to file a claim through the Office of Student Accounts or online at www.BollingerColleges.com/TCNJ.

Please consult the TCNJ Refund and Repayment Policy regarding refunds for withdrawals and how your withdrawal or leave of absence will affect your student loans.

Withdrawing from the College and its Effects on Financial Aid

If you are a financial aid recipient and you withdraw, you may no longer be eligible for all of the financial aid you have received.  The amount of aid you are eligible to receive for the semester depends upon the number of days that you attended, the type of financial aid that you received, and whether or not you received a refund.

If you have any federally funded loans, it will be necessary for you to complete Exit Loan Counseling as described in the Student Loan Information Packet.  If you fail to complete this Exit Loan Counseling, holds may be placed on your records preventing you from registering for classes at TCNJ and for requesting a transcript.

It is highly recommended that if you are considering a withdrawal from the College that you contact the Financial Aid Office prior to your withdrawal to discuss what impact your withdrawal may have on your current and future financial aid package.

 

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