This program is for a one-time, voluntary, temporary, planned pause in a student's education. It should only be used if the student plans on being away from the university for more than four terms. Students who may be suspended or required to take an involuntary leave from OSU for academic and/or conduct reasons are not eligible for this program. See Academic Regulation 13c. 


One Time Only

PELP may only be requested one time in the course of a student's academic career. (Military deployments are an exception to this limitation. All military personnel who are deployed for military service may submit a voluntary leave request for each deployment.)

Withdraw From Your Courses

Submitting a petition for PELP does not withdraw a student from their courses for the current or future terms.

Application Fee

There is a $25 nonrefundable processing fee for approved petitions. 

Transcript Notation

A notation of the dates of any approved leave will be indicated on the student’s official transcript.

Financial Aid

Students receiving financial aid need to contact the Financial Aid Office.

Work with Your Advisor

International students and student athletes should work with their respective advisors prior to filing for PELP.

Not Returning

Any student who utilizes PELP and does not return by the specified term will be inactivated and required to file for readmission, resulting in the appropriate adjustment to their catalog term in effect at the time they return to OSU. This will change their baccalaureate core, degree, and major requirements.


  • Complete the PELP petition
  • Your petition will be routed to request all required approvals.
  • Petitions are due before the end of the next regular academic term (fall, winter, spring) after the last term attended.