Academic Suspension Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Academic Suspension?

Academic suspension is an official notification that a student has earned a semester grade-point average of less than 2.00 while on academic warning. A student who has been academically suspended may not schedule courses at the University for a minimum of two consecutive semesters (Note: Summer session is equal to one semester and includes all courses offered after Spring semester and before Fall semester). When necessary, or appropriate, students may stay away longer from Penn State. A student returning from academic suspension must apply for re-enrollment and returns to the University in Academic Warning status, with his/her former cumulative grade-point average, and with a registration hold placed on the record. The student must follow the requirements and procedures of the academic college for reenrollment.

What are consequences of Academic Suspension*?

  • You cannot take Penn State courses at any location for two semesters (summer counts as a semester).
  • If you have any type of student aid, you may have to begin making payments on loans after six months away from college.
  • If you successfully return in a future semester but fall below the 2.0 semester grade-point average, you will be academically dismissed.
  • Veterans, dependents, and Reservists using GI Bill benefits will not be certified for the suspended semesters and therefore will not receive tuition/fee funding or housing/book stipends during this time.

* There may be other consequences of Academic Suspension not listed on this page.

How do I begin the process of returning to Penn State after Academic Suspension?

The first step to return to Penn State after suspension is to contact your Academic Advising Liaison to set up an appointment. With their guidance, you will develop an Academic Recovery Plan and discuss the process of returning. If you don’t know who your Academic Advising Liaison is, you can contact the World Campus Academic Advising Office at 814-863-3283; [email protected]. The deadline to re-enroll is four weeks prior to the start of the semester of return.

What is the procedure for returning to Penn State after Academic Suspension?

Your Academic Advising Liaison will ask you to complete an Academic Recovery Plan that asks you to reflect on your academic struggles and determine what didn’t work for you from your Academic Warning Recovery Plan. You will set goals for the semester ahead to help you achieve academic success. You will also need to complete the re-enrollment process, which includes completing and submitting a re-enrollment form to the World Campus Registrar’s Office. Depending on your major, you may also be asked to complete additional steps as part of your request for reenrollment. This requirement varies by College and your Academic Advising Liaison will let you know if you need to complete any additional steps.

You should begin this process as soon as possible so you have time to work on the issues you have experienced thus far and be ready for re-enrollment. The deadline to re-enroll from academic suspension is one month prior to the start of your returning semester.  Essentially this means that the sooner you are in touch with your Academic Advising Liaison adviser to develop and complete your academic action plan, the better your chances of completing all requirements, including the re-enrollment process, and returning prepared to succeed.

Here is a suggested timeline for re-enrollment activities for each semester.

Re-Enrollment Timeline
Activity If first semester of suspension is fall  If first semester of suspension is spring If first semester of suspension is summer
Connect with Academic Advising Liaison to set up advising appointments Early September Late January Mid-May
Have phone appointment with Academic Advising Liaison to discuss action plan and next steps  October February


Have second Meeting with Academic Advising Liaison to discuss returning and registration December March October
Submit Re-enrollment form to the World Campus Registrar’s Office and Complete any additional steps required by your College January (registration for summer typically begins in early February) March (registration for fall typically begins in mid-March)


(registration for spring typically begins in October)

*Though these are suggested deadlines to officially apply for re-enrollment, the request will most likely be denied if submitted later than 4 weeks prior to the semester start.

We are anxious to help you achieve your academic goals at Penn State. We hope you will continue to stay in touch with your World Campus Academic Advising Liaison to plan your return to Penn State.