Mission Deferments

Serving a full-time mission is an important decision in the life of any Latter-day Saint. We want to help you prepare to embark on your mission knowing that you can easily transition back to BYU when you return. To keep track of everything you need to do to defer for your mission, please visit the OneStop Missionary Checklist.

Review the terms and conditions of the mission deferment listed below:

Deferment Conditions

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 Brigham Young University 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 essential part of the deferment process.  As you can imagine, with so many missionaries coming and going, we need to make sure that our enrollment is manageable.

  • The deferment must be submitted after receiving a call, but prior to the end of the semester in which you are due to enroll. This applies to all students, both newly admitted and those that have continuing status.
  • Those admitted for spring and summer terms will 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. Submitting a deferment blocks your eligibility to register for classes.
  • For continuing students, a leave of absence may be taken directly prior to your deferment.  A leave of absence may not be taken during the first semester to which a student is admitted. This includes the first semester you are 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 earlier than originally anticipated please make an appointment to meet with an admissions counselor regarding your plans.  To make an appointment simply contact OneStop Services at 801-422-4104. Appointments can be either in person or over the phone. We will do our best to accommodate your return to school in a timely manner, but we must also consider our enrollment limitations.

Now that you have reviewed these conditions, you may access the online missionary enrollment and scholarship deferment.  We wish you all the best as you prepare to serve. Please contact OneStop Services for answers to your deferment questions.

International Student Missionary Deferment

International Services, 1351 WSC, (801) 422-2695

The guidelines above also apply to international students.

If you are an international student who plans to serve a mission, you should check with International Services regarding special concerns, regulations, or needed actions that are specific to various countries. 

Some Important Points to Remember

  • As you gather all the materials pertinent to your return to BYU, including your academic record and other confidential material, make sure to choose a place for them that will be secure and offer the privacy needed.
  • Designate an individual to assist you in academic matters while you are away. Do not assume that individuals who are not familiar with the university or have not been at the university in several years will be able to do everything that needs to be accomplished. Train this person on how to use the materials you will gather and how to use MyMAP. Make sure he or she understands what needs to happen. Your designee may be a sibling, parent, or anyone else you trust to complete these important steps.
  • Carefully consider your missionary calendar and determine with the person assisting you what needs to be done and when so that the deadlines are met.
  • Use this website as an information-gathering tool.
  • You must attend the semester or term in which you indicated you would be returning. If you need to change your anticipated return to school, you will need to contact Student Services (422-2507) to change your deferment date.
  • Before returning home you will need to have a new ecclesiastical endorsement from your mission president. When you fill out the endorsement on endorsement.byu.edu, please make sure you fill out a new or a returning endorsement. If you fill out a continuing endorsement you may not be able to register on your appointed registration date. 

Advisement

Prior to leaving you should determine which courses to register for when you return. You may want to meet with an advisor in your college advisement center for help in determining an appropriate schedule. 

Although you may be knowledgeable about the university core requirements, please remember that the person who will register for you may need a thorough explanation of your options. 

Be aware of the following as you gather information:

  • Progress report—Acquire a copy of your progress report. Keep this report with your packet of information.
  • Current/last semester grades—If you request your progress report prior to completing the semester, be sure to record the grades from your last semester's courses. They may be helpful to your registration.
  • Advisor—An advisor can help you explore which courses best meet your needs upon returning to BYU. Also, some parents and friends prefer to talk with someone who has reviewed your records.

Important Registration Information

You can contact the Registration Office at B-150 ASB, (801) 422-2631, or records@byu.edu.

Giving Someone Else Access to Your Account While You Are Gone

BYU must follow federal privacy laws. To authorize a third party (e.g. parent) to have access to your academic information for registration, you do the following:

Give a third party online access to some information on your account by going to guestaccess.byu.edu. They will need to have their own Net ID and password in order for you to add them as a guest.

It is very important for you to review registration instructions with your third party. Please choose someone you trust.

Registration Holds

If you were on academic warning or probation your last semester at BYU, you will have a hold that prevents registration. If you have a hold, contact the appropriate office to resolve the issue.

Class Schedule and Catalogs

The class schedules and catalogs help you explore majors, courses, and important policy information. These are available online at catalog.byu.edu.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

OneStop Student Services, D-155 ASB, (801) 422-4104

If you are a recipient of scholarships or federal financial aid, you should check with the Financial Aid Office regarding deferment or repayment. 

For example, if you have any type of federal student loan, you will need to contact your lender and apply for possible deferment or forbearance while you are away from school. 

If you received any other type of financial aid, you may wish to discuss payment, reapplication, eligibility, etc., with a financial aid representative. Please keep written notes of the information like the date of the meeting, the representative's name, and important deadlines. 

Go to financialaid.byu.edu > Mission Deferment for more information.

BYU Student Health Plan

2310 SHC, (801) 422-2661 or (801) 422-4460 

If you are currently on the student health plan, you must notify the Health Plan Business Office before you leave BYU. You are not eligible for the health plan while you are on your mission. When you return you are eligible to sign up for the student health plan one semester prior to being enrolled as a 3/4 time student. Please contact our office for more information on this. If you do not enroll prior to being 3/4 time you will need to go through myBYU and choose the student health plan or provide proof of private insurance. This must also be done each fall semester.

Ecclesiastical Endorsements

A-209 ASB, (801) 422-5000 

Before returning to BYU you will need to have a current ecclesiastical endorsement from your mission president. Sometime in the last few months of your mission you will need to initiate an endorsement request at endorsement.byu.edu and make an appointment with your mission president to have the endorsement interview. Once that is complete you should be able to register for classes on your designated registration date. 

International Missions

The government requires a TB test after a mission for anyone who serves a mission outside the United States. A student can set up an appointment to have the TB test by calling the Student Health Center at (801) 422-2771. A small fee is charged for the test. The county health department can also administer the test for a minimal fee. If the test is taken at the Utah County Health Department, you will need to fax appropriate documentation to BYU Medical Records at (801) 422-0761.

Although you will be allowed to register for the first semester following your mission, all subsequent registrations will be blocked until documentation of the TB test is received by BYU.

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