A student may request a leave of absence (LOA) to continue eligibility for Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant. An LOA may be approved for documented medical or personal reasons, such as serious extended illness of the student, serious or extended illness or death of an immediate family member, extreme financial hardship of the student or the student’s immediate family, or other extraordinary circumstances that are beyond the student’s control where continued enrollment creates a substantial hardship. A student must submit a written request in advance for a leave of absence unless an unforeseen circumstance prevents the student from doing so. The student’s signed and dated request must include the reason for the request, beginning and ending dates for the leave and supporting documentation. The student will be readmitted as space is available upon completion of the LOA.
An approved LOA will be treated as a withdrawal for all financial aid programs other than the WNTSG/TNPromise/TNReconnect. This may cause other awards to be recalculated and a Return of Title IV funds calculation must be done. A leave of absence will normally not be granted for less than 9.7% of the student’s scheduled hours or longer than the scheduled hours remaining in the term at the time of the leave. If the student’s request for a leave of absence is denied, the student may appeal the decision to the Institutional Review Panel (IRP).