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Withdrawing for Military Reasons

If you are a Penn State student serving on active duty in in the U.S. Armed Forces or a reservist who has been called to active duty for a purpose other than training, you are eligible for special provisions that protect your enrollment and financial aid eligibility for future semesters.

How to successfully process your military withdrawal

Fax or mail a copy of your military orders to the Office of the Registrar (for more information scroll to the bottom of the Registrar's Withdrawal webpage)

Notify the lender who is servicing your student loan(s) to obtain information for deferment or forbearance of your loans during your active duty.

  • If you have received federal loans and do not know the name of the lender servicing your student loan(s), access your loan and lender information at the the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
  • If Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is servicing your Stafford loans, they will accept a copy of your military orders from Penn State to defer your loans. If you have Stafford loans serviced by Direct Loan Servicing you or a family member will be required to complete the Military Deferment form.
  • If you are the recipient of a Federal Perkins Loan, please contact Student Financial Services.

Complete the "Loan Exit Interview" on eLion to fulfill University policy and federal regulations. If you do not complete the Loan Exit Interview, registration and transcript holds may be placed on your academic records.

Explore the Armed Forces Loan Forgiveness Program.

If you have questions during your military absence regarding your enrollment status or procedures for re-entry into the University, please contact the Office of Veterans Programs.

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