Your Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) coverage is impacted when taking a leave of absence (LOA) or withdrawing (WD) from Harvard. 

The official last date of attendance as recorded by the Registrar’s office will determine the HUSHP coverage end date.

Students expecting to take a leave of absence or to withdraw from the University should contact Member Services as early as possible with any questions or concerns regarding their health insurance coverage. 

Extension School students must contact to purchase coverage while on leave.

You can purchase six months of HUSHP coverage. You must take action –coverage is not automatic.

You have the option to purchase HUSHP coverage so that you have time to secure other insurance coverage outside of Harvard, and to transition your care.


End dates of your current coverage
  • The last day of the month of the official last date of attendance as recorded by the Registrar’s Office
  • January 31 coverage ends, if the last date of attendance recorded by the Registrar’s Office is either in December or January
  • July 31coverage ends, if the last date of attendance recorded by the Registrar’s Office is  May 1through July 31
Insurance options
  • Purchase six months of HUSHP leave of absence/withdrawal coverage to help transition from HUSHP to another insurance plan
  • Purchase health insurance through Mass Health Connector or (link to Securing Coverage after the six months of HUSHP coverage ends)
  • Check to see if you qualify to be added to your parent/spouse’s health insurance plan

Deadlines to purchase HUSHP leave of absence/withdrawal coverage

  • 30 days from the date of loss of coverage
  • If you are  going on leave/withdrawal before a new term starts, Member Services must receive your enrollment application by:
    • September 15: Fall term deadline
    • March 15: Spring term deadline

Purchase leave of absence/withdrawal coverage

  • You can only purchase the same coverage that you had prior to the time of your leave
  • The coverage effective date will be the first day of the month without coverage
  • Submit a LOA/WD HUSHP application prior to the applicable deadline
  • Payment is by student bill or credit card only


Review this checklist to confirm that you have covered all the necessary steps when preparing for insurance coverage on a leave/withdrawal. Remember that deadlines apply, and you should begin to prepare for your leave as soon as possible.

  1. Contact your school to confirm your last date of attendance

  2. Review HUSHP Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Policy to understand how your HUSHP coverage will change

  3.  Submit a paper enrollment application along with payment to purchase six months of additional coverage 

  4. Start researching alternate insurance coverage for when your six-month coverage ends

Securing Coverage After Your six Months Ends

Prepare now! The six months of HUSHP coverage gives you time to transition to another insurance plan. Do not wait until your HUSHP insurance coverage ends before securing other coverage.

Many insurance companies have enrollment deadlines. It is your responsibility to begin preparing early enough in the process to ensure you do not have a break in coverage.

Additional options after your six month coverage ends

Your Parents/Guardians

If your parents have health insurance coverage, you may qualify to enroll under their policy. 

Massachusetts Residents

Massachusetts Health Connector 
The Health Connector is an independent state agency that helps you find the right health insurance plan.

Mass Health
You may be eligible for subsidized coverage through Mass Health if you meet income and other eligibility requirements.

Residents outside of Massachusetts
This website is managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This online tool provides information on health insurance options throughout the United States.


Cancellation option after three months 

Students will be given the option to cancel their coverage after three months. Cancellation application must be received by the last day of the third month of leave of absence coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I covered out of state?
The Student Health Fee covers telemedicine services offered by Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). The Student Health Insurance Plan (BCBS and prescription drug coverage) covers you throughout the United States and abroad.  For information regarding plan benefits and limitations, please visit

Why is COBRA not available through HUSHP?
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA) is a federal mandate requiring employers to offer an extension of health care benefits to their employees after termination of employment. The Harvard University Student Health Program is not an employer plan and therefore, COBRA is not available.