Is Academic Leave Available for Graduate Studies?

By on January 23, 2015 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 1 Comment

Q: I am a federal employee and currently in the process of applying for graduate school. While the bulk of my studies will be done in a non-resident status, my program of study will require that I participate in six residential sessions of up to 2 weeks apiece.

Do federal regulations require me to use annual leave for this study, or is there another way? I am not aware of academic leave for U.S. Army civilian employees, but is there an applicable regulation of which I might be ignorant?

A: If we’re talking about “regulations”, you would need to use A/L or LWOP. However, you might want to talk to your supervisor and to the training department. If your course of study is job related, they might be willing to explore other options.

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John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.