Resigning so you can start or resume your college career

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You’ve decided it’s time to finish up your college work or get that graduate degree and you’ve been accepted by a great university. There’s only one problem: You want to devote yourself full-time to class work and now you must tell your boss that you can’t, or don’t want to, juggle a job and school.

The key is to be honest and positive about the change. If you like your job and hope to return to it after you get your diploma, a good resignation letter can help keep the door to re-employment wide open.

Use the form letter below to tell your boss that you’re trading your cubicle for the class room. Personalize it by entering your specifics in the areas in red. You can print out this Web page and make your changes by hand or copy the body of the letter and paste it into a document where you can make your changes on your PC.

And good luck back on campus!


Name of supervisor, job title

Company name

Company address

City, State, ZIP Code

Dear Name of supervisor:

Please accept this letter as my formal resignation from name of company. My last day here will be day and date.

As you know, my career is very important to me. With this in mind, I feel it is in my best interest to begin college or complete my college degree or begin my graduate work. By continuing my education, I will eventually become a more valuable employee. However, at this time I cannot do both. So that I can get the most from my classes, I must resign my job and devote myself exclusively to my schoolwork.

This was not an easy decision. My time here at company name has been invaluable, both personally and professionally. I appreciate all the on-the-job support you’ve given me here and I hope you will extend your good wishes to my choice to commit myself full-time to my studies.

If you want to offer more details on your upcoming schooling, feel free to do so here. If some of your courses are work or industry related, your boss would appreciate knowing that your job prompted you to learn more.

Please be assured that I continue to take pride in my work. I will do my best to complete any pending projects. Any unfinished work will be handed over in good shape to the appropriate department.

I look forward to what the future will bring for the both of us.

Your Signature

Your typed name

Your address

City, State and ZIP Code