Most educational programs provide for a leave of absence (LOA) for students experiencing difficulty coping with academic requirements, medical or personal issues. The Navy also recognizes that this may be appropriate in some situations, and as a result, can grant a corresponding period of Leave Without Pay (LWOP) to compensate. There are four categories of LWOP: administrative, medical, academic and personal. Please refer to the student handbook for more details about each category. A Leave Without Pay status will NOT normally be approved for research, fellowships, or other advanced education. However, all advanced education requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis with the needs of the Navy taken as the primary consideration. Any leave of absence that results in delay of the student's graduation date, will result in placement on LWOP. As soon as a student learns that he/she will be in a voluntary or involuntary leave of absence status, the student is required to contact Accessions Department immediately to request a corresponding LWOP. During LWOP, a student is ineligible for stipend, tuition, reimbursements, and annual training.
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