Leave of Absence/Withdrawal

Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Policy and Application

When a student takes a leave of absence or withdraws from Harvard, the applicable student coverage will end the last day of the month of the official last date of attendance as recorded by the registrar’s office. Students with a last date of attendance between December 1 and January 31 for the fall term and between May 1 and July 31 for the spring term will retain coverage through the end of the health insurance period for that term.

Students are eligible to purchase four months of additional coverage, effective from the first day without coverage. To initiate enrollment, the student must submit an enrollment application to Member Services within 30 days from the date of loss of coverage (or, in the case of students going on leave before a new term starts, by September 15 or March 15). Payment is by check only.

The four-month extension of coverage is intended to facilitate a student’s transition from HUSHP to other outside insurance and is only meant to be for a limited duration. Students expecting to take a leave of absence or withdraw from the University should contact Member Services as early as possible so that information regarding insurance options can be reviewed with the student in a timely manner.