The Undergraduate Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP) is designed to allow a student to pursue other activities that will assist them in clarifying their educational goals, such as job opportunities and experiences away from campus, military deployment, time to resolve personal or medical problems, or other similar pursuits. The PELP allows an undergraduate student to suspend their academic work for a period of time (in accordance with AR 13a, 13b, and 13c) and resume their studies with minimal procedural difficulties. PELP allows the student to keep their original academic catalog active during their absence. PELP should be used if the student will be absent for four or more consecutive terms, excluding summer terms.

Important Things to Know about PELP:
  • 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.)
  • Submitting a petition for PELP does not withdraw a student from their courses for the current or future terms.
  • There is a $25 non-refundable application fee.
  • A notation of the dates of any approved leave will be indicated on the student’s official transcript.
  • Students receiving financial aid need to contact the Financial Aid Office.
  • International students and student athletes should work with their respective advisors prior to filing for PELP.
  • 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.
To apply for PELP:
  • Obtain all required approvals.
  • Return the completed form, with approvals, to the Office of the Registrar before the end of the term after the last term attended you attended.