Congratulations on your decision to go on a mission. As you prepare to leave, there are some things you need to take care of to ensure a smooth return to BYU.

If you are returning or recently returned from your mission, check out the Returned Missionary checklist for more information about what to do before you come back to BYU.

We strongly encourage you to read through each checklist item below. When you click a green or gray tab, it will expand to provide more information. The information represented in each checklist item may be applicable to many or all students.

If you are logged in, you can click the white circle on the right side of each tab to check the completed item off your list.

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Apply for Missionary Deferment

BYU students who want to defer their enrollment while serving an LDS mission must complete the online missionary deferment. To defer both enrollment and scholarships without having to reapply to the university, the following conditions should be met:

  • Be admitted to BYU as a degree seeking student
  • Cannot be on academic suspension or dismissal
  • Return to BYU for the semester/term indicated on your deferment
  • Have a current ecclesiastical endorsement

Timing:

Timing is an important part of the deferment process. With so many missionaries coming and going, we need to make sure that our enrollment is manageable.

  • The deferment form must be submitted after you receive a mission call, but before the end of the semester you were suppose to enroll. This applies to all students (newly admitted and continuing students).
  • Students who were admitted for spring and/or summer terms have until the end of fall semester to submit their deferment.
  • If you plan to enroll for a semester or term prior to leaving on your mission, you must register for classes before submitting the deferment form. Submitting a deferment blocks your eligibility to register for classes.
  • For continuing students, a leave of absence may be taken directly prior to deferring. For newly admitted students a leave of absence may not be taken during the first semester that a student is admitted. This includes the first semester after returning from your mission.
  • You must enroll at BYU within a certain amount of time after you return from your mission.  Consider the following chart as you determine what semester or term you indicate you will return following the completion of your mission. Remember that you must attend the semester or term to which you defer.

Return From Mission
Enroll No Later Than
October - April
Fall Semester
May - September
Winter Semester
  • An ecclesiastical endorsement must be completed by your mission president before you will be able to register for classes. You must initiate the endorsement online at endorsement.byu.edu. Think about initiating your endorsement 2-3 months prior to your registration date.
  • If you return from your mission sooner than originally anticipated please make an appointment to meet with a OneStop counselor regarding your plans.  To make an appointment simply contact OneStop Student Services at 801-422-4104.  Appointments can be in person or over the phone. We will do our best to help you return to school in a timely manner, but we must also consider our enrollment limitations.


Click here
to submit your missionary deferment. Make sure you read the instructions on the deferment carefully so you understand all the terms and conditions. 

Account Permissions (Guest Access)

We recommend each student manage their own student account but understand there are cases where it is necessary for a parent, spouse or other third-party to access information or complete transactions on your behalf. 

Guest Access allows you to give another person access to your BYU account. You can grant access to selected accounts including your Academic, Financial, and Personal accounts. Additionally, you can establish approved modes of access, including online or "Web access" and/or "Telephone/In-person access".

Note: we will not discuss your account or records with your parent, spouse or other third party unless Guest Access is granted.

Click the Do It link on the "Guest Access: Account Permissions" task to set up or use Guest Access.

Financial Aid Deferment

If you took out a student loan for school before your mission, you will go into repayment while on your mission. Please contact your lender directly to notify them of your plans and to ask about loan repayment options. Most lenders will happily work with you to make arrangements. 

Click here to find contact information for your lender (you will have to log in with your FSA ID to find your specific loan information).

IMPORTANT:  The BYU missionary deferment is for deferring your admission and BYU scholarships only. You should contact your lender directly for information about loan repayment options. 

Pell Grants cannot be deferred.

On-Campus Housing

Residents living on-campus who are planning to go on a mission during their agreement period should submit a petition (look under the Single Housing tab of this link) to be released from their agreement.

You will need to submit the online missionary deferment form or send a copy of your mission call to the Campus Accommodations Office in order to be released from your housing contract and receive a refund of your security deposit.

Scholarships

Be sure to complete your online missionary deferment by the appropriate deadlines (see Apply for Missionary Deferment tab above). By submitting the deferment, the fall/winter portions of on-campus scholarships you are offered will be deferred until you return. Athletic scholarships will not be deferred.

Off-campus scholarships can be deferred (for missionaries only) as long as your donor approves. Your donor needs to send us documentation that they approve for us to apply your funds to a future semester.  Your off-campus scholarship will not be deferred until (and unless):

  1. You submit your online missionary deferment form.
  2. We receive documentation from your donor approving us to hold the funds until your return. They can email: scholarshipprocessing@byu.edu, or mail a letter to BYU OneStop Processing, A-41 ASB, Provo, UT 84602.
  3. If your donor doesn't approve, the scholarship will not be deferred.

Even though you've completed your missionary deferment, if you return from your mission prior to the March 1st scholarship application deadline, we recommend you still complete the scholarship application so you will be considered for more than just academic scholarships.

Cancel Student Health Plan

If you signed up for the BYU Student Health Plan, contact the Health Plan office at 801-422-2661 to cancel your plan before you leave on your mission. If you don't cancel your health plan you will continue to see charges on your student account.

Tip: Even though you've completed your missionary deferment form, your student health plan won't be cancelled unless you contact the Health Plan Office directly.

Update Mailing Address & Email

BYU will likely need to communicate with you while you're on your mission regarding registration, updating your endorsement, billed tuition or financial aid, etc.

  • It's important that you update your email address in myBYU to an address that someone will be checking regularly while you're gone.
    • Note: Update your email address after the current semester is complete but before you enter the MTC. This makes sure your professors and Learning Suite continue to communicate with you during the semester without problems.
  • It's important that you update your mailing address in myBYU to reflect a permanent address of someone who would receive mail for you while you're gone.

Click the do it link on the 'Update My Personal Information' task below, then click the Mailing Address and Email Address links to update your information. Don't forget to click save when you're done!

Tuberculosis Test (when you come back)

If you serve a mission outside the United States or Canada for six months or more, you are required by Utah state law to have a tuberculosis skin test when you return to BYU. Don't forget to contact the Student Health Center when you get back to campus in order to get your mandatory TB test.

Failure to comply with this Utah State Law by the first day of classes will result in a TB hold being placed on your record which will deny you the ability to change classes and future registration. Ultimately, failure to comply with this requirement may result in you being withdrawn from the University. If you are an international student, your student visa status may be terminated. If you have any questions, please call 801-422-5134 or 801-422-7711.

A student can set up an appointment to have the TB test by calling the Student Health Center at (801) 422-2771; keep in mind, there is a small fee for the test. The county health department can also administer the test for a minimal fee: you will need to fax appropriate documentation to BYU Medical Records at (801) 422-0761.

For the Returned Missionary

If you are returning or recently returned from your mission, check out the Returned Missionary checklist for more specific information about what to do before you come back to BYU. 

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