Concerns may include: questions about whether taking a leave of absence is the right option for you, concerns about what it means to take a leave of absence, questions about the paperwork you need to fill out to take a leave of absence.
NU Academic and Finance Advising
National University's dedicated advising team is here to guide and answer any of your questions throughout your academic journey.
Adding & Dropping Courses
Assistance with Course Challenges
Assistance & Guidance with University Process
Find your Advisor's contact information in your Student Portal
Once logged into your Student Portal, Scroll down to "My Support Team" and your Advisor's contact information will be listed there.
The main advising line number is located on the right hand side as another way you can reach out. For immediate assistance, please click here to be connected with an advisor. Our chat advisors are available Monday - Friday, 6am - 6pm PST.
Note: If you have not yet passed the 10th day of your first class, email firstname.lastname@example.org instead of email@example.com as this will get you in touch with your assigned Enrollment Staff Member.
There are a few options when it comes to taking time off from school, with all options speaking with your advisor is critical as every student's situation is unique. Click here to learn more about connecting with your advisor.
• Intent to Return (ITR) – If you need a break between your courses that is less than 60 days, you simply need to notify your advisor via email.
• Leave of Absence (LOA) – If you need more than 60 days off from class (up to 180 days), you can complete a Leave of Absence Request in your Student Portal. Go to: Single Sign On > Portal > Academic Records > e-forms > Leave of Absence (LOA). There will be a lot more information on this e-form to let you know about the process.
Dropping a Class
Click here to view the "Class Drop and Withdrawal" section of National University's general catalog to learn about when you can drop a class, how to do so, and what happens when a course is dropped.
You can locate the section by clicking the link above and looking at the righthand side page, first section.
An important step regarding dropping a class involves connecting with your Academic Advisor. You can find your advisor's contact information in your Student Portal
Once logged into your Student Portal, Click on the "My Advisor" under Quicklinks Your Advisor's contact information will show up in a new tab.
Also, if you are using any VA educational benefits (i.e. GI Bill, Voc Rehab, etc.), you need to notify the NU VA department regarding the change in your schedule. It is important that you update this office so that things are properly processed. The VA office can be contacted by phone at 858/541-7970 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you applied for financial aid, please contact the financial aid office regarding your dropped course. Financial aid can be contacted by phone at 858/642-8590 or email at email@example.com.
Student Wellness staff can provide support and assistance to active students (including those on a leave of absence) with a variety of issues through one-on-one case management support. Here are some of the more frequent situations that staff works with students on:
- Mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, etc.)
- Housing, financial, and food insecurities
- Financial wellness and budgeting
- Other personal matters impacting academic success
If you would like for a Student Wellness team member to reach out to you within 2 business days, please complete this form and someone will be in touch!
Student Accessibility Services promotes diversity as an integral part of human experience and is dedicated to creating a fully integrated and inclusive learning community. Through dialogue and collaboration with the campus community, Student Accessibility Services guides the multidisciplinary and interdepartmental initiative to design, implement, and sustain accessible learning environments. In our work with students, we apply culturally aware and strengths-based precision learning plans and accommodations, which may include:
•Access to Communication
•Removal of Barriers
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) offers programs and consultations to empower students with disabilities to reach their full potential. The registration process is interactive and specific to each student. If you are a student with a disability yet are unsure of whether or not you will qualify for accommodations, understand the process of registration is flexible, click here to learn more and get started.