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Leaving UC Merced

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Cancellation/Withdrawal/Educational Leave

Use the Leaving UC Merced form to initiate the process of leaving UC Merced. Factors like timing in the semester, circumstances surrounding your leave, and whether you plan on returning will determine the process used. This form will automatically help you determine which type of leave is right for you. Prior to submitting the form, you should consider the impact of Leaving UC Merced will have on your financial aid, student bill, and health insurance. It could also impact progress towards your degree.

Call to Active Duty

A student who is called to active duty should contact their academic advisor to discuss leave options and notify the Veteran Services Office. Regardless of the type of leave that is taken, the application fee will be waived.  Once the student has discussed with their academic advisor and other relevant offices they must complete the Leaving UC Merced form to get started on their absence from UC Merced.

Tuition Insurance

The University of California recommends that students consider purchasing Tuition Insurance to protect them financially in case they need to withdraw for medical reasons. Tuition Insurance is not mandatory, and may be purchased from any source. More information can be found here

Canceling your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)

To cancel your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), please follow the directions here. You will need your UC Merced login information as well as your information from your application to complete the process. 

Deferring Enrollment

If a new student wishes to request to defer their enrollment to a different semester, they should submit the Deferred Enrollment Form. They should not then submit a Cancelation/Withdrawal form through the Office of the Registrar, or their request to defer admission will be canceled. Continuing students will need to seek an Educational Leave if a break in enrollment is required. If a new student wishes to request to defer their enrollment to a different semester, they should submit the Deferred Enrollment Form.

Once the request has been reviewed by admissions and a decision is made, the student will be notified through their email address.

General Guidelines:

  • A student may not attend any school during their deferment period.
  • A student can only defer their enrollment for one semester or two consecutive semesters (up to one year).
  • A student may request to defer enrollment up to the last day to Add/Drop courses. After the Add/Drop Deadline, students must use the Leaving UC Merced form through the Office of the Registrar.
  • Deferring enrollment might affect the student’s Financial Aid. For specific questions, they should contact financial aid.

All deferrals are conditional and are based on students fulfilling the conditions of their admission for the term in which they are admitted. This includes submitting their final official documents and test scores for verification by the specified deadlines.

Questions:, 209-228-7178.