Take a Leave of Absence?

In order to request a Leave of Absence, a student will need to complete the LOA Application Form. On the application, there are instructions on what additional steps you will need to take in order to complete the application.

Definition of a leave: A Leave of Absence (LOA) is a temporary interruption of studies for one or more semesters. An approved LOA is generally not for more than one year, except in the case of students pursuing joint degrees, either at UMass or in conjunction with another degree-granting program. A student on an approved LOA prior to the start of the semester will not be assessed tuition and fees, although the student may choose to maintain his/her health insurance coverage by paying the appropriate fee. All other students are assessed a refund of tuition and fees based on the date of withdrawal and whether or not he/she is a Title IV Financial Aid recipient. Leaves of Absence may have other financial consequences for financial aid recipients. Please refer to the Bursar and Student Financial Aid sections of the Medical School Student Handbook or contact the Bursar’s Office or the Office of Financial Aid for details.

Financial repurcussions: A student on an approved leave of absence prior to the start of the semester will not be assessed tuition and fees, although the student may choose to maintain his/her health insurance coverage by paying the appropriate fee. All other students are assessed a refund of tuition and fees based on the date of withdrawal and whether or not he/she is a Title IV Financial Aid recipient. Leaves of absence may have other financial consequences for financial aid recipients.

For more info on our leave of absence policy, please refer to the student handbook.