At the University of Michigan we understand that deployments can be hard for you and your family. We are here to support you during this difficult transition and will endeavor to make our part of it as smooth as possible. We hope that you will return to us after your deployment is over and we wish you luck.
If you are called to Active Duty status while enrolled at the University you will need to give immediate attention to a number of academic, financial and other concerns prior to your departure.
- Please contact your Academic Advisor as soon as you receive your orders – even if you don’t know your time of deployment – they will be able to develop an action plan with you regarding your coursework. This is VERY important if you intend to return to the university after your deployment.
All decisions will depend upon your school or college, academic instructors and your date of deployment. Please discuss with your academic advisor which option is available and may be right for you. A copy of your military orders will have to be submitted to your academic department and the Office of the Registrar.
- Receive an incomplete for all classes All students wishing to receive an “I” need to contact their particular school or college for forms, requirements and availability. Students and Instructors will have to agree when all remaining coursework will be completed. Students who elect to take an Incomplete will not receive a refund for tuition or fees.
- Receive the grade earned The coursework should be most of the way completed by the time the student deploys and should be of passing quality. All students wishing to receive their earned grade must contact all of their professors or instructors. Many classes may count participation in the final grade or may not allow for missed exams or papers. (Note: this option should be implemented with extreme care and should not be used if significant coursework will need to be completed). Students who elect this option will not receive a refund for tuition or fees.
- Drop All Classes Students can withdraw from all classes for 100% refund of tuition and fees paid by the student. Note: Any class work for the term withdrawn from will be forfeit. Students who elect this option will have to repeat any courses from current term to get credit for that course.
The above talking points are NOT binding on your school or college.
- Contact Phil Larson in the Student Veterans Assistance Program.
- Contact Michelle Henderson in the Office of the Registrar to tell her you might be deployed. Michelle is the certifying official for the University and will assist you with what your deployment means to your VA benefits. A copy of your military orders will have to be submitted to your academic department and the Office of the Registrar.
- Contact The Housing Information Office to cancel your housing contract. There will be no penalty imposed for early termination due to military deployment. A refund will be issued to you on the unused portion of your housing contract.
- Contact your Landlord if you live off campus. The Service member’s Civil Relief Act of 2003 states that you can break your lease if you are being deployed. You can break your lease 30 days after the next rent payment is made so you must contact your landlord and provide them with a copy of your orders early.
- Contact Transportation and Parking to receive a prorated refund on your paid parking permit. Refunds are limited to amounts pre-paid, excluding the month the permit was returned.
- Contact Office of Financial Aid for administrative forbearance and deferment benefits for Student Loans & Grants
- Learning about deployment can cause stress for you and your family. We strongly encourage you to set up an appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or a similar counseling center where you can discuss your situation and come up with strategies to make your transition as smooth as possible for both you and your family.
Point of Contact
Office of New Student Programs
500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, Mi