Military Active Duty Policies

Withdrawal and Readmission Procedures for Students Called to Military Active Duty

Withdrawal
Students who are called to active duty should bring a copy of their activation orders to the Department of Student Affairs or the Registrar’s Office and complete an Institutional Withdrawal form.

Financial Aid
If a student is receiving financial aid during the term in which s/he is called to active duty, financial aid must be repaid according to federal and state guidelines before a refund will be issued by DigiPen Institute of Technology.  The rules on these are not necessarily within the control of this institution.  Students should consult with the Financial Aid Department concerning the impact of military call-up on financial aid conditions and eligibility.  The U.S. Department of Education has directed the Direct Loan Program and colleges to provide relief from student loan obligations by postponing student loan payments for borrowers during the period of the borrower's active duty service.

If a veteran receiving Post 9/11 benefits withdraws before the semester is completed, all funding received from the VA would go back to the student and it is up them to return any funds to the VA and pay any balance owed to DigiPen.

Readmission
In compliance with the Higher Education Authorization Act, any student whose absence from the Institute is required by reason of service in the uniformed services shall be entitled to readmission to the Institute if the student (or an appropriate officer of the Armed Forces or official of the Department of Defense) gives advance written or verbal notice of such service to the Registrar's Office. This is provided that the cumulative length of the absence and of all previous absences from the Institute, by reason of service in the uniformed services, does not exceed five years, and, except as otherwise provided in this section, the student submits a notification of intent to re-enroll in the Institute.

The re-application fee is waived for students returning to DigiPen from active duty.

Withdrawal Procedures for Students Who Are Military Dependents Whose Families Must Move Due to Redeployment/Relocation

Withdrawal
Students who are military dependents and whose families must move due to redeployment or relocation must submit a copy of their family members’ deployment/relocation orders to the Department of Student Affairs or the Registrar’s Office and complete an Institutional Withdrawal form.

Financial Aid
If a student who is a military dependent is receiving financial aid during the term in which he or she must move due to a family member's redeployment/relocation, financial aid must be repaid according to federal and state guidelines before a refund will be issued by DigiPen Institute of Technology. Students should consult with the Financial Aid Department concerning the impact of military redeployment/relocation on financial aid conditions and eligibility.