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:
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 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.
- We encourage students who are intending to serve LDS missions to apply to the University before serving a mission. In order to defer, a student must first be admitted to BYU. The deferment is for LDS missionary service only.
- 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 Student 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 Student Services for answers to your deferment questions.
International Student Missionary Deferment
International Student Services, 1351 WSC, (801) 422-2695
All missionary deferment guidelines also pertain to international students; however, if you are an international student who plans to serve a mission, you should check with International Student Services regarding special concerns, regulations, or needed actions that are specific to various countries.
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.
Important Registration Information
Giving Someone Else Access to Your Account While You Are Gone
BYU must follow federal privacy laws which prevent the release of information to unauthorized third parties (for example, unauthorized parents or guardians). You may authorize a third party to have access to your academic information for registration through guestaccess.byu.edu. The authorized third party will need to have their own Net ID and password in order for you to add them as a guest. For step-by-step instructions, parents can access the Parent of a Missionary Checklist.
It is very important for you to review registration instructions with your third party. Please choose someone you trust.
There are several reasons why you may have a hold that prevents registration. If you have a hold, contact the appropriate office to resolve the issue.
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. See Mission Deferments for Scholarships.
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. For more information on health plan requirements or obtaining a health plan when you return, please visit heath.byu.edu.
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.
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.