Interim Approved Leave of Absence Policy

This policy applies to active students who were unable to complete their coursework due to COVID-19-related limitations.

An Approved Leave of Absence (ALOA) is an interruption in course progression or completion due to a documented, unforeseen circumstance beyond the student’s reasonable control with an approved reason and the College determines that there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return. The reason for the ALOA must be for COVID-19-related limitations.

Students are required to provide a written, signed, and dated request for an ALOA. Students may do so by completing the online ALOA e-form. Berkeley College, in its sole discretion, will determine whether there is a reasonable expectation that the student intends to return and may request supporting documentation. The College will communicate the outcome of the request in writing via email to the student.

An ALOA will not exceed 180 days in any 12 month period.

Upon approving the ALOA, Berkeley College will report the student’s enrollment status to the National Student Loan Data System (“NSLDS”) as an approved leave of absence. Students on an ALOA are not eligible to receive any additional federal student financial aid during the period when they return and complete the course work.

Students are expected to complete their coursework upon their return (without additional charge). Following completion, the College will post the grades to the applicable semester.

Students who do not return and complete their remaining coursework within the 180 days will receive a grade of “F” and will be reported as “out of school” (withdrawn) from the institution, retroactively, as of the last day of the semester the ALOA was approved for. For students who borrowed federal student loans, this will exhaust the grace period and cause the loans to go immediately into repayment status.