Returning to Stanford

All students wishing to enroll in any given quarter(s) must have an active student status with the University. Depending on your situation, students returning to Stanford may need to take specific steps for reinstatement. The following information is intended to offer clarification of university academic policies related to leaves of absence and reinstatement, refer to the Stanford Bulletin: Undergraduate Degrees and Programs.

Forms & Deadlines


To facilitate your return, completed forms should be filed 8-12 weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter of intended enrollment. We highly recommend filing 3 months prior, if applying for housing and financial aid.

Housing Deadlines

Students with housing guarantee years remaining must apply for housing by specific dates in order to preserve their guarantee:

Financial Aid Office Deadlines

  • The priority filing date for financial aid is April 30 prior to the year you intend to return.
  • See the Financial Aid Office web site for application requirements.
  • If you are unable to meet the priority filing date, we highly recommend that you complete your application at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter of intended enrollment.
  • Review the special instructions for late applicants.

Returning Scenarios

Returning during quarter listed on LOA (Leave of Absence) form

Wish to return earlier than listed on LOA form

Wish to extend return date of current Leave of Absence to a later quarter

  • Form Required: Leave of Absence (PDF)
  • Steps to Take:
  • Considerations/Resources:
    • Leaves will not be granted for more than one year at a time.
    • A leave from your program may not exceed a cumulative total of two years.

Discontinued due to an unfiled LOA or an expired LOA

Returning from a completed academic suspension