Policy and Application

When a student takes a leave of absence or withdraws from Harvard, their HUSHP student coverage ends on 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 retain coverage through the end of the health insurance period for that term.

Students are eligible to purchase four months of additional coverage, effective the first day without coverage. To enroll, 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 -- please make payable to Harvard University.

The four month coverage extension helps a student’s transition from HUSHP to another insurance plan and is only 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 to review insurance options.


In very limited cases, we may grant an extension beyond the four month leave of absence coverage.

Students may apply for an extension only if:

  • The student provides at least two denial letters from other insurance plans when attempting to secure other coverage

  • The student submits the appeals application with supporting documentation at least ten business days before their HUSHP leave of absence coverage end date.

 All students, including international students, who intend to reside in Massachusetts during their leave of absence, may purchase coverage through the MA Health Connector. In these cases, we do not approve extensions.

Apply for an extension