Leave of Absence

Students may be granted a leave of absence (LOA) for financial or personal reasons not related to academic or disciplinary issues. A leave of absence for a specific period of time — not to exceed one year — will be granted by the Registrar upon the endorsement of the Dean of Faculty and, for Regimental students, the Commandant of Midshipmen.  A LOA for medical reasons will require clearance from health services or counseling as part of the readmissions application process.

Requests to return from a leave of absence can be made through the Director of Admissions by completing the Application for Readmission.

Students may return to MMA at the start of the fall semester, the spring semester, annual training cruise, cadet shipping, or cooperative education. The request to return must be completed by the following dates for consideration:

  • Fall semester – July 1
  • Spring semester/Summer term – October 15

When considering a return to Maine Maritime Academy, it is important to understand that former students may have a difficult time gaining readmission. Our stringent academic requirements, specialized training and enrollment limits cause scheduling issues that impact many areas, including the advancement of enrolled students who are successfully progressing through their program of study.

Returning students who have successfully completed the readmission process must register with the Registrar’s office. In order to do so, they must be accepted, pay their deposit, and have contacted all necessary offices on campus prior to their return. The following dates apply:

  • Students returning for the Fall term can register in July. After August 1 a $100 Late Registration Fee will apply.
  • Students returning for the Spring term can register between December 1 and December 10. After December 10 a $100 Late Registration Fee will apply.